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Wonder: From Poetics to Politics

Título de la revista: HISTORY AND THEORY
ISSN: 0018-2656
Volumen: 59
Número: 3
Páginas: 459 - 470
Fecha de publicación: 2020
This review essay discusses the historicalZeitdiagnosenin recent scholarly literature, focusing in particular on Jerome Baschet'sDefaire la tyrannie du present: Temporalites emergentes et futurs inedits(2018). Baschet's book constitutes an original contribution to ongoing debates about our temporal condition in at least three aspects. First, although relying partly on earlier theoretical literature (principally the works of Francois Hartog), it more significantly draws on the author's long-term engagement with the Zapatista movement. Second, it does not confine itself merely to diagnosing our temporal situation (presentism) but proposes strategies for exiting it. And finally, Baschet's theory of temporality is one part of his far more extensive enterprise of "exiting capitalism," a project aimed at reconceptualizing the existing foundations of Western civilization. Although previous authors have defined our contemporary regime of temporality by focusing on the present and the disappearance of the future, Baschet claims that it is more accurate to speak about a burgeoning of futures-of completely new modalities of the future that differ significantly from modernist notions of it.