To Understand What Is Happening. Essays on Historicity


History stands not only for a narrative or descriptive relation to the past, but also for an ongoing process in which we are involved on several levels: in ordinary life as well as in our epistemic endeavours, natural science and technology included. Historicity is thus not only an important question for historians, but for everyone interested in understanding what all our civilisation is about. The present volume sheds some light on different aspects of this ontological dependence. The first part deals with the historicity of understanding (Françoise Dastur, Arbogast Schmitt, Samuel Weber), the second with the limits of making (Emil Angehrn, Nicholas Davey, Jan-Ivar Lindén) and the third with the future of memory (Jayne Svenungsson, Christoph Türcke, Bernhard Waldenfels).

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Jan-Ivar Lindén teaches philosophy at the universities of Heidelberg and Helsinki. His recent publications include Prolegomena zur historischen Ontologie (Winter) and Aristotle on Logic and Nature (Peeters), as well as a work in Swedish on paradise and modernity ( Paradis och modernitet). Currently, he is working on the Swedish edition of Aristotle's Metaphysics.
Notes on Contributors

   Jan-Ivar Lindén

The Historicity of Understanding

1 What is Understanding?
   Françoise Dastur

2 Autonomy within Dependence: On the Self-understanding of Man in Classical Greek Literature and Philosophy (Homer, Tragedy, Aristotle)
   Arbogast Schmitt

3 The Singular Historicity of Literary Understanding “Still Ending …”
   Samuel Weber

The Limits of Making

4 Sense and History: At the Limits of Making
   Emil Angehrn

5 Can Art Make Anything at All?
   Nicholas Davey

6 Enabling Limitations
   Jan-Ivar Lindén

The Future of Memory

7 Whose Memory? Which Future?
   Jayne Svenungsson

8 When Memory Becomes a Prosthesis
   Christoph Türcke

9 Memory and Temporal Displacement
   Bernhard Waldenfels