THE EURASIAN ORIGINS OF EMPTY TIME AND SPACE: MODERNITY AS TEMPORALITY RECONSIDERED

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Journal Article

© 2016 Wesleyan University Understood as a form of temporality, modernity is seen as consisting of empty time and space. However, careful examination of the origins of modern notions of empty time and space suggest they arose from background assumptions in wide use across Eurasia in the early modern period, and also that they arose prior to, and independent of, the emergence of the modern nation-state. Here, various Eurasian versions of astronomy and philology are examined to show that they relied on such background assumptions and could therefore be readily translated and shared across the boundaries separating quite different cosmologies.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Reddy, WM

Published Date

  • October 1, 2016

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 55 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 325 - 356

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1468-2303

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0018-2656

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1111/hith.10815

Citation Source

  • Scopus