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Deep Time, Dark Times: On Being Geologically Human

David Wood

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780823281367
eISBN:
9780823286010
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823281367.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

Deep Time, Dark Times takes its bearing from Nietzsche’s concern that a surfeit of history can extinguish the passion for life, especially when we are reminded of our capacity for cruelty and folly. ... More


A Republic in Time: Temporality and Social Imagination in Nineteenth-Century America

Thomas M. Allen

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807831793
eISBN:
9781469603827
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807868171_allen
Subject:
History, Cultural History

The development of the American nation has typically been interpreted in terms of its expansion through space, specifically its growth westward. This book posits time, not space, as the most ... More


Herding the Cats of Deep Time

David Wood

in Deep Time, Dark Times: On Being Geologically Human

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780823281367
eISBN:
9780823286010
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823281367.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Science

This chapter aligns scientific and pre-philosophical angles on history with various reflective and methodological considerations. The past, a philosophical puzzle at the best of times, presents ... More


The New Weird

Carl H. Sederholm

in Twenty-First-Century Gothic: An Edinburgh Companion

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9781474440929
eISBN:
9781474477024
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9781474440929.003.0012
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

The New Weird engages audiences in ways that are dark, terrifying, speculative and fantastic. Despite its essential hybridity – drawing from Gothic horror, science fiction and urban fantasy – the New ... More


A Technofossil of the Anthropocene: Sliding Up and Down Temporal Scales with Plastic

Andrea Westermann

in Power and Time: Temporalities in Conflict and the Making of History

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9780226481623
eISBN:
9780226706016
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226706016.003.0005
Subject:
History, Historiography

Applying the technofossil metaphor to plastic and its waste has greatly amplified the resonance of the notion, a resonance due to our collective experience with synthetic materials. Plastic waste ... More


‘Their History, Written By Themselves’: Ancient Religion, Deep Time, and Embedded History

Noah Heringman

in Sciences of Antiquity: Romantic Antiquarianism, Natural History, and Knowledge Work

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199556915
eISBN:
9780191744990
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199556915.003.0006
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE

Drawing especially on the last two volumes of the Collection of Etruscan, Greek, and Roman Antiquities, this chapter offers a second close reading focusing on the intersection between the history of ... More


Hunting Hennepin’s Windblown Bottom

Strachan Donnelley

Ceara Donnelley and Bruce Jennings (eds)

in Frog Pond Philosophy: Essays on the Relationship Between Humans and Nature

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780813167275
eISBN:
9780813175669
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Kentucky
DOI:
10.5810/kentucky/9780813167275.003.0013
Subject:
Environmental Science, Environmental Studies

Periodic duck-hunting trips were a staple of the Donnelley family when the author was growing up near Hennepin, Illinois. A detailed reminiscence of that experience in this chapter provides the ... More


Evolution and the ‘Species’: The Individual in Deep Time

Kate Hext

in Walter Pater: Individualism and Aesthetic Philosophy

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780748646258
eISBN:
9780748693849
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748646258.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter argues that deep time is the most vivid challenge posed to the ?awed and fragile human subject in Pater's writings. It explores Pater's knowledge of, and belief in, Darwinian science, ... More


Prologue: Deep Time Religion

J. L. Schellenberg

in Evolutionary Religion

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199673766
eISBN:
9780191757129
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199673766.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion, Philosophy of Science

The story of evolution and religion is at best a story half told. Conflicts between traditional religion and evolutionary ideas make it appear that the relationship between the two can never be other ... More


Canto 12

Aaron Jaffe

in Readings in the Cantos: Volume I

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9781942954408
eISBN:
9781786944337
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Liverpool University Press
DOI:
10.3828/liverpool/9781942954408.003.0010
Subject:
Literature, 20th-century Literature and Modernism

Canto 12 was composed during a period of Pound’s vigorous promotional exertion for his modernist allies. In it, he comes to terms with poetics as an aesthetic practice including research and ... More


Writing on the Seed

Courtney Fullilove

in The Profit of the Earth: The Global Seeds of American Agriculture

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780226454863
eISBN:
9780226455051
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226455051.003.0012
Subject:
History, Environmental History

This chapter considers seeds as 21st century genetic modifications and deep time technologies preserved and improved through generations of selection and improvement. Approaching a grain of wheat in ... More


Four Revolutions in the Earth Sciences: From Heresy to Truth

James Powell

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231164481
eISBN:
9780231538459
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231164481.001.0001
Subject:
Environmental Science, Environmental Studies

Over the course of the twentieth century, scientists came to accept four counterintuitive yet fundamental facts about the Earth: deep time, continental drift, meteorite impact, and global warming. ... More


The Abyss of Time

James Lawrence Powell

in Four Revolutions in the Earth Sciences: From Heresy to Truth

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231164481
eISBN:
9780231538459
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231164481.003.0001
Subject:
Environmental Science, Environmental Studies

This chapter traces the roots of the idea of deep time, one of the most fundamental and surprising discoveries about the Earth during the twentieth century. In September 1846, William Thomson, then ... More


The Anthropocene as Planetarity in Deep Time

Adam Pryor

in Living with Tiny Aliens: The Image of God for the Anthropocene

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9780823288311
eISBN:
9780823290369
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823288311.003.0007
Subject:
Religion, Theology

In light of contemporary accounts of the Anthropocene, this chapter re-figures the relationship between human being and nature, such that nature is not the dialectical antithesis to human being and ... More


“I’m Evolving!”: Birds, Beasts, and Parodies

Kirsten Shepherd-Barr

in Theatre and Evolution from Ibsen to Beckett

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231164702
eISBN:
9780231538923
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231164702.003.0001
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter focuses on theatrical engagements with evolution during the nineteenth century. The Victorian era witnessed a cultural landscape in which “curiosity was a great leveler.” Every type of ... More


The World Beneath Our Feet

Adelene Buckland

in Time Travelers: Victorian Encounters with Time and History

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
January 2021
ISBN:
9780226676654
eISBN:
9780226676821
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226676821.003.0003
Subject:
History, British and Irish Modern History

This chapter considers the relationship between new understandings and awareness of the immensity of geological time as a challenge to the Enlightenment view of the imagination. While the ability to ... More


A Great Mistake Has Been Made

James Lawrence Powell

in Four Revolutions in the Earth Sciences: From Heresy to Truth

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780231164481
eISBN:
9780231538459
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:
10.7312/columbia/9780231164481.003.0002
Subject:
Environmental Science, Environmental Studies

This chapter examines scientific ideas that led to the theory of deep time, with particular emphasis on the work of William Thomson, later Lord Kelvin. Kelvin used the laws of physics to reject ... More


Magazines, Don Juan, and the Scotch Novels: Deep and Shallow Time in the Regency

Richard Cronin

in Rethinking British Romantic History, 1770–1845

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780199687084
eISBN:
9780191766992
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199687084.003.0007
Subject:
Literature, 19th-century Literature and Romanticism

In order to explain Walter Scott’s extraordinary popularity, this chapter distinguishes between forms of print culture in the Regency period with historical depth (the ‘history-full’), and those with ... More


Presencing the Past: Implications for Bridging the History/Prehistory Divide

Paul Lane

in The Death of Prehistory

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199684595
eISBN:
9780191804816
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199684595.003.0003
Subject:
History, Ancient History / Archaeology

This chapter examines the so-called presencing the past — bringing the past into the present — and its implications for bridging the history/prehistory divide. It looks at the use of protohistory in ... More


From Natural History to History of Nature: From Buffon to Kant and Herder (and Blumenbach)

John H. Zammito

in The Gestation of German Biology: Philosophy and Physiology from Stahl to Schelling

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
May 2018
ISBN:
9780226520797
eISBN:
9780226520827
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226520827.003.0007
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

The historicization of nature emerged across the eighteenth century first in the development of historical geology and then in the historicization of life forms. Fossils and their stratification and ... More


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