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The MomentTime and Rupture in Modern Thought$
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Heidrun Friese

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780853239567

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846314179

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Is it Time?

Is it Time?

(p.17) Chapter 1 Is it Time?
The Moment

Geoffrey Bennington

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This chapter presents reflection by Geoffrey Bennington regarding his concept on ‘time’ or ‘the moment’ in the sense of when the time is ripe or the moment to when it is supposed to be grasped or seized. Bennington engages the notion of the right time using two methods: the metaphysical tradition and the irruptive or interruptive temporality of the moment in its intempestive arrival. The reflection uses references to the Christian tradition which affirms the Ecclesiastes view that everything under heaven has a purpose and abides by the metaphoric of ripeness and fruition. Bennington concludes by indicating that the purpose of this reflection is not to fold back the complex thought that time is ‘merely literary problematic, but it must be refuted on all attempts’.

Keywords:   metaphysical tradition, the right moment, Christian tradition, ripeness, fruition

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