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Regimes of Historicity: Presentism and Experiences of Time

François Hartog


This book explores crucial moments of change in society's “regimes of historicity,” or its ways of relating to the past, present, and future. Deriving inspiration from Hannah Arendt, Reinhart Koselleck, and Paul Ricoeur, the book analyzes a broad range of texts, positioning The Odyssey as a work on the threshold of historical consciousness and contrasting it with an investigation of the anthropologist Marshall Sahlins's concept of “heroic history.” The text tracks changing perspectives on time in Chateaubriand's Historical Essay and Travels in America and sets them alongside other writings fro ... More

Keywords: historicity, presentist present, Hannah Arendt, Reinhart Koselleck, Paul Ricoeur, Marshall Sahlins

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780231163767
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231163767.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

François Hartog, author