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The First Empire Of Speed: Clock Time Modernity

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This chapter simplifies J.T. Fraser's dilemma and then sheds some light on why this undoubted cognitive difficulty occurs. It begins with a more in-depth look at time from the perspective of the philosophers Bergson and Husserl. They represent a counter-Enlightenment view on the ways in which one experience temporality, by focusing on factors such as experience, intuition, memory and duration. The chapter utilizes the work of social theorist Barbara Adam to build upon these perspectives-in part to develop a framework for understanding the social dynamics of time and our experience of it, through her theory of 'timescapes'. This theory represents a novel and powerful way of seeing time in a social context. Since at least the time of the Industrial Revolution, the clock has created its own temporal reality and its own temporal empire.

Keywords: clock time modernity; industrial revolution; temporal empire; temporal reality; timescapes



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