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Living in a Temporal Perspective. Aging Between Metric and Narrative Time

  • Jan BaarsEmail author
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Part of the International Perspectives on Aging book series (Int. Perspect. Aging, volume 25)

Abstract

Aging and time are interconnected because aging is basically living seen in a temporal perspective. This makes “time” an important concept in trying to explain aging. Throughout the history of thinking about time, we can trace a dichotomy between metric time and lived time. More attention for temporal resources of narrative may, first, help to uncover implicit narratives that obstruct further explanatory research into certain phenomena of aging. Second, narrative may help to integrate scientific explanations of aging as part of meaningful approaches to aging, bridging the gap between metric time and lived time.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Humanistic StudiesUtrechtNetherlands

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