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An Essay on Time

Contributor(s):
Norbert Elias (author)
Edmund Jephcott (translator)
Steven Loyal (editor)
Stephen Mennell (editor)
Format:
Hardback,
Publication date:
23rd February 2007
ISBN-13:
9781904558415

Author Biography

NORBERT ELIAS (1897-1990) was one of the greatest sociologists of the twentieth century. He studied with Alfred Weber in Heidelberg and served as Karl Mannheim's assistant in Frankfurt. On Hitler's coming to power, he went into exile, first in France and then in Britain. His magnum opus The Civilising Process received little attention when it was published in Switzerland in 1939 and only after Elias's formal retirement in 1962 were most of his other books and essays published. International intellectual celebrity came to him right at the end of his long life. Steven Loyal is Senior Lecturer in Sociology at University College Dublin; Stephen Mennell is Professor of Sociology at University College Dublin.

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In this profound book, Elias characteristically turns an ancient philosophical question - what is time? - into a researchable theoretical-empirical problem. What we call 'time' is neither an innate property of the human mind nor an immutable quality of the 'external' world. Rather it is an achievement of the human capacity for 'synthesis', for using symbolic thought to make connections between two or more sequences of events. In the course of human social development, that capacity has itself changed and developed. It is originally written in English. Two later additional sections have been translated by Edmund Jephcott.

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