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About TimeNarrative, Fiction and the Philosophy of Time$
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Mark Currie

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780748624249

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748624249.001.0001

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Introduction: About About Time

Introduction: About About Time

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(p.1) Chapter 1 Introduction: About About Time
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About Time
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Mark Currie

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748624249.003.0001

In Paul Ricoeur's account of the ‘tale about time’, it is not necessary that time be the only topic, but rather that it predominates. Next, the question of the tale about time follows from familiarity of the problem to the structuralist. The concern of this book is with the relationship between storytelling, future time and the nature of being. It begins from two propositions. The first is that the reading of fictional narratives is a kind of preparation for and repetition of the continuous anticipation which takes place in non-fictional life. The second is that the place of fictional narrative in the world has altered since the beginning of the twentieth century, and that fiction has been one of the places in which a new experience of time has been rehearsed, developed and expressed. Finally, an overview of the chapters included in the book is given.

Keywords:   Paul Ricoeur, structuralist, storytelling, fictional narrative, future time, nature of being

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