Tuesday, June 08, 2010
At NDPR, Val Dusek reviews Michael Eldred's The Digital Cast of Being: Metaphysics, Mathematics, Cartesianism, Cybernetics, Capitalism, Communication.
Eldred uses Heidegger's account of time to contrast with the mathematical, punctiform, and linear theory of time. Eldred uses the ecstasies of time, which he calls "the three dimensions of time," past, present, and future. Eldred's use of the term "three dimensions of time" is somewhat ironic, given his rejection of the Cartesian geometrical or physical science spatialization of time and treatment of time itself as a dimension. Eldred makes several interesting points about Heidegger. Heidegger does not note the parallel between Aristotle's three aspects of movement and his own three ecstasies of time. Heidegger's own account of time has vestiges of the "productivism" that he frequently criticizes in others. Eldred suggests that a theory of social exchange rather than production would be a more appropriate account of time. He notes that Heidegger, in his detailed explication and criticism of Aristotle's account of time, never questions the account of time as quantitative.
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