Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Time is money, Benjamin Franklin once said, and in a reading of European philosophy, this text shows how true this adage is. A history of philosophy of time, and a comparison of ways of conceiving the temporal, this work attempts to unravel the theoretical frameworks that have given time its shape in Western civilization. It analyzes the social and political processes involved in conceptions of time in ancient and medieval tradition and sets them in the context of contemporary political and philosophical debates centering on the thought of Kant and Marx. It forces the reader to re-evaluate the philosophical and historical status of time in Western culture.
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In his remarkable study of movement and time in cinema, Gilles Deleuze avers that post-World War II films fashion a time-image measured by aberrant and irrational movements. Post-war films about filmmaking itself often connect these paradoxical movements to the financial stakes of producing a movie.
In the former, rational movement ensures a rational flow of money. Only an accidental interruption of this restricted economy has temporarily thrown the market askew. Emblematic of post-war cinema, Contempt fails to capitalize upon such homogeneous and rationalized movements. By philosophy, Alliez implies the Deleuzian sense of making concepts rather than reflecting upon an object.
Thus, thinking the Outside presents two simultaneous procedures. To this end, Alliez opposes two methods of reading capital times. Upsetting the subjectivity fashioned by the polis based upon equal exchange, an insubordinate time uncannily comes to repeat a later historical moment, the birth of finance capital. A deranged time decodes the subjectivations associated with the polis, yet without the economic configurations of capitalism itself; it turns signs away from their referents to produce the infinite play of simulacra; it makes speculative finance the measured instance of time and not the reverse.
Hence, Aristotle reading Marx and vice versa leaves the reader dizzy in endless swivelings of the neck. His exposition tends to weave together close readings of ancient and Christian texts with contemporary philosophy and terminology. A new bifurcation in time reconfigures the human and its forms of subjectivity.
Readers unfamiliar with thinkers like Plotinus or Duns Scotus may also find certain sections difficult. At times one wonders if his citations of Plotinus present mere exposition, a novel approach within the field of philosophy, or a value judgment. Similarly, he works through St. Augustine, thought from the Middle Ages, and Duns Scotus with an eye toward temporality and its concomitant subjectivity. Potentialities derived from light, the celestial souls see everything and see themselves in the others.
And light is what creates forms, as so many luminous figures. Bouts of vertigo. Instead, capital makes its gains by dint of decoded flows brought on by a dissymmetry internal to time.
Yet the producer exits the film when one flow of capital Palance crashes his Alfa Romeo into another flow an oil tanker truck , or one flow of thought, Greek philosophy and culture, merges with another, capitalism. Our task becomes not only to let this disaster roll, but to contour where its spools unfold and where it folds, and where we can fold it, back upon itself to fashion a thought to come. Getting a taste for our present will then mean opening a film canister and vigilantly tracing its bifurcations rather than jubilantly imitating the discus thrower or the dancing financier.
Politics and Culture. Skip to content. Home About Editorial Board. From edition Issue 3. Time to Think. Tom Odde is a Ph. This entry was posted in Miscellaneous and edition Issue 3. Bookmark the permalink. Both comments and trackbacks are currently closed.
Time to Think. Review of Eric Alliez's Capital Tom Odde
Qty : Please note there is a week delivery period for this title. The Signature of the World focuses on one of the most influential works of contemporary philosophy: What is Philosophy? It sets What is Philosophy? Much recent philosophy has revelled in declaring the end of metaphysics, of ontology, and sometimes of philosophy itself. In sharp contrast, The Signature of the World is a forceful reminder of the power of ontology and the need for a materialist reinvention of metaphysics.
Capital Times: Tales from the Conquest of Time
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In his remarkable study of movement and time in cinema, Gilles Deleuze avers that post-World War II films fashion a time-image measured by aberrant and irrational movements. Post-war films about filmmaking itself often connect these paradoxical movements to the financial stakes of producing a movie. In the former, rational movement ensures a rational flow of money. Only an accidental interruption of this restricted economy has temporarily thrown the market askew. Emblematic of post-war cinema, Contempt fails to capitalize upon such homogeneous and rationalized movements.