Against historicism

kimberly Hutchings

in Time and World Politics

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print August 2008 | ISBN: 9780719073021
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781701447 | DOI:
Against historicism

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This chapter examines accounts of political temporality that explicitly take issue with progressive historicism and its claims to knowledge and control of both natural and social worlds. These accounts offer an understanding of the intersection of chromos and kairos within political time that challenges the ways in which they are configured in closed systemic readings of Kant, Hegel and Marx. After a brief discussion of Nietzsche's and Bergson's critiques of historicism and linear, scientific time, the chapter examines the arguments of Arendt and Benjamin. Then, it looks at recent anti-historicist accounts of political time of Derrida and Deleuze.

Keywords: political time; political temporality; Derrida; Deleuze; progressive historicism

Chapter.  11630 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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