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Awaiting Apocalypse


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Prologues to the End

    1. Paul Corcoran
      Pages 1-7
  3. Obsession with Time

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-9
    2. Paul Corcoran
      Pages 11-20
    3. Paul Corcoran
      Pages 21-38
    4. Paul Corcoran
      Pages 39-48
    5. Paul Corcoran
      Pages 49-59
  4. Apocalypse and the Collapse of Time

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 61-61
    2. Paul Corcoran
      Pages 63-65
    3. Paul Corcoran
      Pages 67-82
    4. Paul Corcoran
      Pages 83-91
    5. Paul Corcoran
      Pages 93-107
  5. Empires of Time

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 109-109
    2. Paul Corcoran
      Pages 111-116
    3. Paul Corcoran
      Pages 117-130
  6. Waiting for the End

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 132-132
    2. Paul Corcoran
      Pages 135-152
    3. Paul Corcoran
      Pages 153-173
    4. Paul Corcoran
      Pages 175-180
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 181-212

About this book


The current obsession with the 'end of the millennium' illustrates the enduring power of the idea of endings. This fascination cannot be simply dismissed as faulty logic, a form of madness, or a primitive survival of childish thinking. Opening a path of understanding between ancient conceptions of meaning and the sceptical predicates of modern science, Awaiting Apocalypse shows how ordinary and extraordinary endings are inherent in the narrative structure of human experience and the sedimentation of that experience as historical meaning.


liberty logic science

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of AdelaideSouth Australia

About the authors

PAUL CORCORAN is Associate Professor of Politics at the University of Adelaide, South Australia. He is the author of Before Marx: Socialism and Communism in France, 1830-48.

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