In philosophy, temporality refers to the idea of a linear progression of past, present, and future. The term is frequently used, however, in the context of critiques of commonly held ideas of linear time. In social sciences, temporality is studied with respect to the human perception of time and the social organization of time.[1] The perception of time underwent significant changes in the three hundred years between the Middle Ages and modernity.[2]

Examples in continental philosophy of philosophers raising questions of temporality include Edmund Husserl's analysis of internal time consciousness, Martin Heidegger's Being and Time, J. M. E. McTaggart's article "The Unreality of Time", George Herbert Mead's Philosophy of the Present, and Jacques Derrida's criticisms of Husserl's analysis.

Temporality is "deeply intertwined with the rhetorical act of harnessing and subverting power in the unfolding struggle for justice."[3] Temporalities, particularly in European settler colonialism, have been observed in critical theory as a tool for both subjugation and oppression of Indigenous communities, and Native resistance to that oppression.[4]

Temporal turn

In historiography, questioning periodization, and as a further development after the spatial turn, social sciences have started re-investigating time and its different social understanding.[5] Temporal turn social science investigates different understandings of time at different times and locations, giving rise to concepts such as timespace where time and space are thought together.[6]

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  1. ^ Ialenti, Vincent (2020). Deep Time Reckoning. Cambridge, Massachusetts: The MIT Press. ISBN 9780262539265.
  2. ^ Utz, Richard (2011). "Negotiating Heritage: Observations on Semantic Concepts, Temporality, and the Centre of the Study of the Cultural Heritage of Medieval Rituals". Philologie Im Netz (58): 70–87. ISSN 1433-7177.
  3. ^ Bjork, Collin; Buhre, Frida (2021-05-27). "Resisting Temporal Regimes, Imagining Just Temporalities". Rhetoric Society Quarterly. 51 (3): 177–181. doi:10.1080/02773945.2021.1918503. ISSN 0277-3945.
  4. ^ Buhre, Frida; Bjork, Collin (2021-05-27). "Braiding Time: Sami Temporalities for Indigenous Justice". Rhetoric Society Quarterly. 51 (3): 227–236. doi:10.1080/02773945.2021.1918515. ISSN 0277-3945.
  5. ^ Corfield, Penelope J. (2015). "History and the Temporal Turn: Returning to Causes, Effects and Diachronic Trends". Les âges de Britannia. Presses universitaires de Rennes. pp. 259–273. doi:10.4000/books.pur.92961. ISBN 9782753540200.
  6. ^ May, J.; Thrift, N. (2003). Timespace: Geographies of Temporality. Critical Geographies. Taylor & Francis. ISBN 978-1-134-67785-6. Retrieved 2022-11-30.