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This chapter examines the concept of boredom in several philosophers in the line from German Idealism to Western and contemporary Marxism, relating the changes in this concept to successive social transformations. We thus propose a periodization for the conceptualization of boredom, which allows us to highlight the historicity of the concepts of boredom in philosophy and their inherent political (utopian) content. In this overview, we find two fundamental concepts of boredom: emptiness-boredom and repetition-boredom. These concepts are related to different treatments of boredom from these authors, oscillating between its praise as a long time for subjective introspection and its denunciation as a symptom of alienated time. Finally, we draw some considerations about time and boredom in contemporary societies.

In: The Culture of Boredom

Abstract

This chapter examines the concept of boredom in several philosophers in the line from German Idealism to Western and contemporary Marxism, relating the changes in this concept to successive social transformations. We thus propose a periodization for the conceptualization of boredom, which allows us to highlight the historicity of the concepts of boredom in philosophy and their inherent political (utopian) content. In this overview, we find two fundamental concepts of boredom: emptiness-boredom and repetition-boredom. These concepts are related to different treatments of boredom from these authors, oscillating between its praise as a long time for subjective introspection and its denunciation as a symptom of alienated time. Finally, we draw some considerations about time and boredom in contemporary societies.

In: The Culture of Boredom
In: Karl Marx, Historian of Social Times and Spaces
In: Karl Marx, Historian of Social Times and Spaces
In: Karl Marx, Historian of Social Times and Spaces
In: Karl Marx, Historian of Social Times and Spaces
In: Karl Marx, Historian of Social Times and Spaces
In: Karl Marx, Historian of Social Times and Spaces
Through a discussion with current perspectives in philosophy of history – especially with a critical approach to Paul Ricœur’s work – and a rigorous reading of Karl Marx’s oeuvre, Karl Marx, Historian of Social Times and Spaces proposes an interpretation of Marx's concept and method of historical knowledge. In this sense the examination of Marx's concepts of social space and social time serve to highlight the possibilities of his work in terms of the explanation of the dynamics of complex multilinear development of human societies and of capitalism in particular.