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Chronographical Analysis: an Essay in Methodology


Steineck, Raji C (2018). Chronographical Analysis: an Essay in Methodology. KronoScope, 18(2):171-198.

Abstract

In this essay I discuss the various ways time can be inscribed in texts below the level of explicit propositions about time. I argue that a full chronographical analysis needs to account for the dimensions of the theoretical, the practical, and the aesthetic. Taking Kant’s table of categories as a guide to the fundamental functions of chronographic determination, I propose a methodology of analysis that goes beyond the aspect of quantitative measurement, and includes typological, thetic, and modal information about time. Numerous examples from various textual domains such as poetry, historiography, science, and law illustrate the wide applicability of the proposed analytical categories. The full matrix of dimensions and determinative functions can be used to describe the chronographic signature of a text, which depends as much on its communicative purpose as on the technologies of calculating and describing time available to its authors.

Abstract

In this essay I discuss the various ways time can be inscribed in texts below the level of explicit propositions about time. I argue that a full chronographical analysis needs to account for the dimensions of the theoretical, the practical, and the aesthetic. Taking Kant’s table of categories as a guide to the fundamental functions of chronographic determination, I propose a methodology of analysis that goes beyond the aspect of quantitative measurement, and includes typological, thetic, and modal information about time. Numerous examples from various textual domains such as poetry, historiography, science, and law illustrate the wide applicability of the proposed analytical categories. The full matrix of dimensions and determinative functions can be used to describe the chronographic signature of a text, which depends as much on its communicative purpose as on the technologies of calculating and describing time available to its authors.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies
Dewey Decimal Classification:100 Philosophy
Language:English
Date:2018
Deposited On:21 Nov 2018 11:18
Last Modified:24 Sep 2019 23:52
Publisher:Brill
ISSN:1567-715X
Additional Information:Research for this paper was supported by an ERC Advanced Grant (No. 741166 — TIMEJ).
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1163/15685241-12341415
Project Information:
  • : FunderH2020
  • : Grant ID741166
  • : Project TitleTime in Medieval Japan

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