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Any sensation or experience that we have can be understood only on the basis of time, only if we locate the occurrence within its temporality.  Yet, we never have an experience of time itself; time is never an object present in our world that we can intuit or conceive of.  Something like this paradox led Hegel to call time the nonsensuous sensuous. What, then, can we actually know of time?

 

It seems that time, much like Being, can only be known through its difference from these phenomena (time never manifests itself as such, within the phenomenal realm).  Time is only intelligible on the basis of some difference, the changes in our world that lead us to intuit a temporal progression of cause and effect, which in turn requires time as the ground of its identity and continuity.   We expect something to support the flux of our world, and yet time is only this flux; Aristotle said as much when he defined time as the "number of motion,” and Einstein said the same when he defined time as what we measure with a clock.

 

We will hold a series of meetings examining how time shapes the form of expression in a variety of discourses, and how these arts and sciences play with and within their peculiar temporality.  We will begin with a meeting where we consider the representation of time in the history of metaphysics, by looking at Derrida’s Given Time: I. Counterfeit Money.  Derrida locates Heidegger’s lecture “On Time and Being” on the cusp of this metaphysical tradition.  Heidegger points out, among the many paradoxes of time, that time is nothing temporal.  What is temporal arises and passes away within time, while time itself does nothing such.  As with Being, Heidegger cautions against saying "time is," as such a locution presumes what can never be a given, that time is, that it could ever come to presence as a being.  He employs an idiomatic German expression, es gibt, it gives, which would translate to the English "there is" (it gives time/there is time).  For the same reason, we must avoid asking the question "what is time," and inquire instead - Time: what gives?

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Jonathan,

Unfortunately I wasn't able to make it to yesterday's class due to a lack of time this week (no pun intended).

Can you let us know when the recording is posted? I am really interested to listen to this session as soon as I have some time on my hands.

Thanks!

We haven't been to the prior meetings (I teach in Philly on Tuesdays) but we are trying to make it to this installment. But we are probably gonna be late. T and A

We haven't been to the prior meetings (I teach in Philly on Tuesdays) but we are trying to make it to this installment. But we are probably gonna be late. T and A

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Hey everyone!

Just a reminder that tonight at 6:30 we will meet for theoretical physicist Dave Morgan's "The Demons of Laplace and Maxwell: Probability, Predictability, and the Arrow of Time". There's no need to have been to our first session. We'll be meeting at 155 Freeman in Greenpoint. Hope I see you all there!

-Jonathan

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Hey Robert,

The next session will be recorded as well. Hope you enjoy! Feel free to share your thoughts after listening.

-Jonathan

Hi jonotrain,

Thanks so much for passing on the link.
I look forward to listening.

If possible are you able to do the same with the second session?

Thanks again,
Robert

Hi jonotrain,

Thanks so much for passing on the link.
I look forward to listening.

If possible are you able to do the same with the second session?

Thanks again,
Robert

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Hey Robert,

The first time class actually was recorded. I apologize if any of the people there weren't aware we were recording - I had intended to mention this at the start of the class but forgot, probably because I was a little nervous. The recording can be found on the TPSNY tumblr: http://thepublicschoolny.tumblr.com/

Hello,

I am interested to know if On Time that took place on January 25th was recorded?

I am currently researching similar topics but unfortunately I was unable to attend because I live overseas.

If a recoding was made of the first class that is available to share it would be greatly appreciated.

Alternatively, if the second class is able to be recorded and shared that would be greatly appreciated also.

Thank you and I look forward to your help.

Kindly,
Robert

yes, looking forward very much

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