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Christophe Bouton: Temps et liberté

Presses Universitaires du Mirail, 2007, 391 pp., €38.00, ISBN: 2858169489
  • Alexander SchnellEmail author
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Christophe Bouton’s Temps et liberté [Time and Freedom] proposes to “locate, in the history of philosophy, the birth and evolution of the problem of the relationship between freedom and time” (25). This problem, which is sufficiently general as to warrant an historical method, (the author deals successively with Leibniz, Kant, Schopenhauer, Schelling, Kierkegaard, Bergson, Lavelle, Sartre, Heidegger and Levinas) characterizes what he calls the “practical” approach to time. The latter aims to throw “new light” onto the problem of time, beyond its quantification (Aristotle), its subjectivisation (St. Augustine, Kant, Bergson, Husserl), its naturalization (Plato, Aristotle), its ontologisation (Heidegger) and, in particular, beyond the aporetic approach. The aporetic approach, elaborated by Ricoeur in Time and Narrative, attempted to identify a “third time” in order to escape from the dilemma expressed in the opposition between two mutually exclusive conceptions: the cosmological and the...

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  1. 1.Paris-Sorbonne UniversityParisFrance

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