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Glossy philosophical notion has a manifold culture of emphasising the instant. "The second" calls for wondering all-too-common notions of time, of previous, current and destiny, area of expertise and repetition, rupture and continuity. This assortment addresses the foremost questions posed through the instant, contemplating writers akin to Nietzsche, Husserl, Benjamin, and Badiou, and elucidates the connections among social idea, philosophy, literary idea, and heritage which are spread out by way of this notion.
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I would like to suggest, for example, that the experience of reading is a salient and familiar experience of the non-coincidence of the present with itself. The simplest way to argue this is to point out that reading is necessarily in a relation of delay with respect to the text read: however minimal that delay, reading always comes after the writing it reads. But that irreducible belatedness goes along with a sort of internal dislocation whereby reading is always remembering and anticipating reading in order to function.
The time in which the world-historical individual acts is the time of the tendential permanence of the State: the act itself cuts into and disrupts that time, and if it is none the less time for this other, disruptive, time, it is time for it in that the proper time for that time (the time in which the action in question will in some way coincide with itself) is still to come. The time is ripe, but its ripeness is not a self-coincidence – ripeness here is rather an anticipation of such a coincidence.
Allan Bass], London: Routledge, 1978). 24 Cf. 10. 428. P’, ch. 61–75. 26 The place for this explicit development is none the less already given by the earlier identification in La voix et le phénomène, Paris: PUF, 1967 (Engl. edn Speech and Phenomena [trans. 59 ; cf. 6 ). 55–56 [27–28]. 41–42 [17–18]. 29 Cf. Benjamin: ‘Fashion has a flair for the topical, no matter where it stirs in the thickets of long ago; it is a tiger’s leap into the past. This jump, however, takes place in an arena where the ruling class gives the commands.