Time as other than duration: temporality as a quality of entities-in-relations, not an external metric

In almost all analyses time reduces, without loss of meaning, to duration. And quantifying duration is a result of applying an external metric such as seconds-minutes-hours-days-months-years.

I argue elsewhere that the temporality of entities is much, much richer, complex, than this. First, if temporality is an inner relation of entities, & entities come into being, endure, & expire, then temporality has both a generative & a generated dimension.

A classic example of temporality as an inner relation of an entity is Marx’s analysis of the turnover time of capital (Capital, v.2, chap. 7). Others are Erikson’s analysis of the life cycle, & Goody’s of the domestic group.


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