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Presence: Philosophy, History, and Cultural Theory for the Twenty-First Century

Ranjan Ghosh and Ethan Kleinberg


The philosophy of “presence” seeks to challenge current understandings of meaning and understanding. One can trace its origins back to Vico, Dilthey, and Heidegger, though its more immediate exponents include Jean-Luc Nancy, Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht, and such contemporary philosophers of history as Frank Ankersmit and Eelco Runia. The theoretical paradigm of presence conveys how the past is literally with us in the present in significant and material ways: Things we cannot touch nonetheless touch us. This makes presence a post-linguistic or post-discursive theory that challenges current understan ... More

Keywords: presence, meaning, understanding, intellectual history, literary criticism, philosophy of history, photography, memory

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Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780801452208
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801452208.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ranjan Ghosh, editor
University of North Bengal, India

Ethan Kleinberg, editor

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