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  • Michael MarderEmail author

Whatever it describes, medieval either lags behind or runs ahead of itself, unless, immanently unstable, quivering in its nonidentity, it lags behind by running ahead. In the middle, between the polar opposites of antiquity and modernity, it is enunciated on the verge of vanishing, when it seems that the intermezzo between the two extremes is over and when modernity is ready to give historical movement a dominant, hegemonic thrust. Medievalism, along with the periodization in which it is encrusted, is the middle age, the age or the time of the middle, the in-between panoramically overviewed from the standpoint of the end both of that period and of the entire tripartite historical division. While modernity’s self-understanding coincides with the concept it fashions for itself, medievalism belongs, according to its locution and to the specific scheme wherein it participates, to what it is not.

We are accustomed automatically to regard the middle as less significant than beginnings and...


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  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU)Vitoria-GasteizSpain

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