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Review: HISTORY AND KAIRÓS

Reviewed Work: Kairós: Towards an Ontology of "Due Time" by Giacomo Marramao
Review by: Andrew Baird
History and Theory
Vol. 50, No. 1 (February 2011), pp. 120-128
Published by: Wiley for Wesleyan University
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/41300063
Page Count: 9
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HISTORY AND KAIRÓS
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Abstract

The recent wave of interest in the "theological-political" has focused scholarly attention on the constellation of ideas associated with "messianic time." The term kairós belongs to this constellation, and Giacomo Marramao's brief but ambitious text of the same name both proposes and performs a "kairological" reconfiguration of the close relationship between philosophy and time. Marramao's argument for the productive potential of "cosmic disorientation" and contingency will merit the attention of historians interested in Benjamin's blend of messianism and historical materialism, and of anyone who is intrigued by the prospect of a messianism without apocalypticism.

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