Temporal Phronesis in the Anthropocene

In: Research in Phenomenology
Author: David Wood 1
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  • 1 Vanderbilt University

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The situation in which we find ourselves—of potentially catastrophic global climate change—makes it clear why we need to move beyond a phenomenological approach to time to include evolutionary, historical, material, ecological and personal perspectives. This paper distinguishes ten different ways in which the complexity of time reveals itself to contemporary reflection. These patterns or shapes of time supply interpretive resources for the temporal phronesis needed to navigate the challenge of productively inheriting our many pasts, while thinking through and practically addressing the uncertain future both of our species, and indeed the planet.

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    See for example Jacques Derrida, On Cosmopolitanism and Forgiveness (London: Routledge, 2001).

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