Time And History – Debord, Dylan, Pizzolatto, Derrida

“‘History is itself a real part of natural history, of the transformation of nature into man’ (Marx). Conversely, this ‘natural history’ exists effectively only through the process of human history, the only vantage point from which one can take in that historical totality, like the modern telescope whose power enables us to look back in time at the receding nebulas at the periphery of the universe.” Guy Debord, Time and History (The Society of the Spectacle, 1967)

Debord Refutation

“Girls’ faces formed the forward path
From phony jealousy
To memorizing politics
Of ancient history
Flung down by corpse evangelists
Unthought of, though, somehow
Ah, but I was so much older then
I’m younger than that now”
Bob Dylan, My Back Pages, 1964

“Well, once there was only dark. If you ask me, the light’s winning.” Rust Cole, True Detective (written by Nic Pizzolatto, 2013)

“First: Is–as it’s often said, in the way that Heidegger thought–is questioning the totally privileged form of philosophy? Is thinking really questioning, as it’s often said? Couldn’t there be, before the question, a more ancient, profound, and radical movement of thinking that is not questioning, but is rather an affirmation. That’s the first question on the question. Then, even presupposing that the first question of philosophy concerns Being–what is ‘to be’, what is the sense of this or that, what do we mean by the word Being?–is there no something presupposed in the way we come to understand Being? That’s not something I invented, but something I more or less inherited from Heidegger, and reinterpreted, in a certain way.” (Derrida in the bonus material from the film Derrida (2002)

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