Intellectual Self Defence

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The time of your life: chronos versus kairos

“According to Frank Kermode, there are two fundamental ways of thinking about experience: you’ve got your chronos and your kairos. Chronos is the time of everydayness, the time that just slips right through our fingers and toes, the time that just passes. Kairos, on the other hand, is the time of crisis, the time when things are full and animate with energy. The latter wouldn’t mean anything without the former, of course. Kairos is obviously better than chronos. But I think we would all do well to pursue the unique ecstasies of chronos.”

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This entry was posted on April 4, 2013 by in distinctions and tagged , .
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