‘What’s the Time?: On Being Too Early or Too Late in Hegel’s Philosophy’ by Mladen Dolar

Problemi International, No. 4, 2020 (Edited by Mladen Dolar)

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The paper deals with temporality in Hegel’s philosophy, starting from the notion of being too late—but too late in relation to what? The paper argues that belatedness is already inscribed in the usual assumptions about time, which was traditionally so often conceived as the time of corruption and degradation in relation to an originary past time, a corruption to be vindicated and redeemed by the future. Hegel, by introducing a radical view of structural belatedness, retroactivity, and precipitation/anticipation, turns the traditional schema upside down while seemingly retaining its framework. The paper concludes with some reflections on the ontological status of negativity in relation to temporality and language.

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