No Longer, Not Yet

  • Stephen A. Erickson
Part of the Philosophical Studies in Contemporary Culture book series (PSCC, volume 6)


Construe the conditions on the basis of which the Berlin Wall came to be built, and the subsequent alteration that caused it to be dismantled, as historical clauses. A particular set of circumstances caused the wall to be built, and a later set dictated its departure. Building the wall brought closure to one historical configuration. Dismantling the wall has initiated a new and quite different configuration. In the interim — during the time of the wall’s existence — there was a pause of sorts: a brief hiatus which was both a “no longer” and a “not yet.” By grammatical analogy I shall refer to such a moment as a comma.


Twentieth Century Human History Social Engineering Life Sentence Stephen Hawking 
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  • Stephen A. Erickson
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  1. 1.Pomona CollegeClaremontUSA

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