Reinterpreting the “times of crisis” based on the asymmetry between chronos and kairos

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  • Walderez Ramalho Universidade Federal de Ouro Preto

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https://doi.org/10.15848/hh.v14i35.1733

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Theory of History, Historical Time, History of Concepts

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In this article, I argue that the concept of crisis entails a particular form of experiencing and thinking historical time that can only be properly grasped by considering the asymmetry between chronos and kairos. After exploring the main meanings of these two Greek terms for “time”, I show that the chronos paradigm holds hegemony in contemporary theorizations on historical time. Reinhart Koselleck, who construed an influential conceptual history of “crisis”, reiterated such hegemony in his interpretation of the concept’s temporal sense by associating it with the phenomenon of temporal acceleration. This article argues that Koselleck’s interpretation is insufficient since “crisis” encompasses certain dimensions of temporal experience that can only be understood through the notion of kairos – namely, the temporality of decision, urgency, imminent rupture, and uncertainty about the future.

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Walderez Ramalho, Universidade Federal de Ouro Preto

Walderez Ramalho is a PhD Student at the Federal University of Ouro Preto, working at the intersection between theory and philosophy of history, history of historiography, Brazilian historiography and contemporary history. He has completed his licentiate degree in History at the Federal University of Minas Gerais (2012), and he also holds an MA in History from the same university (2015). During August 2019 and June 2020, he was a visiting PhD Student at Ghent University. 

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2021-03-29

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RAMALHO, W. Reinterpreting the “times of crisis” based on the asymmetry between chronos and kairos. História da Historiografia: International Journal of Theory and History of Historiography, [S. l.], v. 14, n. 35, p. 115–144, 2021. DOI: 10.15848/hh.v14i35.1733. Disponível em: https://historiadahistoriografia.com.br/revista/article/view/1733. Acesso em: 29 jul. 2021.

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