Long Line: Temporality and Time

This post is part of a series of posts pulled from a piece of writing I completed in November 2012. For more information on this series, see this post.

Context | Looking Back | Transformation | Looking Back at the Looking Back | Questions | On ethics | Letting Go of Nothing | Taking on Subject and Objects | On meaning making | Why the language of causality trouble me | Conceptual versus Empirical | Futuring | Temporality and Time | Brief Note | Back to Time | What to do with the Past | Some tools to help us be | An example from my past | Avoiding Labels | The educational turn | Being and curriculum | Curriculum of Being | Curriculum Futuring | On dispositions as ways of being | Being and pedagogy | Being and technology | Being and the body | References

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Temporality and Time

Ultimately I think we need to loosen our hold on our (assumed) understanding of time. As is probably evident, however, I am not arguing for a specific or different view or belief surrounding time, but rather suggesting a different place to stand, a different stance to take towards time to see what might be possible. Assumptions, meaning, (de-)futuring, causality, all lead to the doorway of time. Here Rorty is not that helpful. To my limited knowledge he has not dealt much with time; but I have not finished reading his works yet so this remains inconclusive.* Serres, on the other hand, is helpful here. Where I think Serres and I align best is in his thoughts on the future, but I greatly appreciate and embrace his meshing of historical time periods. He dances through history and creates his own bricolage to help create his own meaning. (I cannot take ownership of “bricolage”; it is an understanding I gained from the work of Joe Kincheloe.**) Time as folded handkerchief is a useful metaphor or image for stretching our understandings of time. Serres notion of “invention” and “creation” - I think - points towards what my ultimate end point is (wherever that may be on this topological journey).

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* In addition to a number of free-standing articles and speeches, most of my time spent with Rorty has been with two of his earlier books: (1989) Contingency, irony, and solidarity. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, (1991) and Objectivity, Relativism and Truth: Philosophical Papers I. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
** Kincheloe, J. L. (2001). Describing the Bricolage: Conceptualizing a New Rigor in Qualitative Research. Qualitative Inquiry, 7(6), 679–692. doi:10.1177/107780040100700601

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