Time

Jeanne Proust at Strand Bookstore

Olio: A stand-alone class on a miscellaneous topic with time to drink and chat.
Fri, Jan 10 at 7 p.m.   |   60 minutes   |   Complimentary beer by Sixpoint Brewery.

The first Olio at Strand in 2020! Come celebrate the New Year with us as Jeanne Proust aptly discusses the concept of 'Time' through a philosophical lens.

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Time appears as one of these concepts impossible to define, nor to perceive as such. Augustine writes, “What then is time? If no one asks me, I know; if I want to explain it to a questioner, I do not know”. Indeed, though impossible to deny its existence, since it seems to be part of the necessary framework (with space) in which we can perceive at all, time cannot be accurately described. None of our 5 senses perceives it: we don’t see, hear, touch time. Even if time is intimately experienced, impossible to get out of, and an essential dimension of our experience and existence, it still is extremely difficult to think about it, grasp it - and certainly, to control it.

How do we experience time passing? What is the past, the present and the future, and how does our conception of them shape the way we behave and think? The irreversibility, the ephemerality of time is at the core of our existence - as is our mortality, our very finitude.

Teacher: Jeanne Proust

Jeanne Proust's research focuses on Théodule Ribot’s Diseases of the Will, both in philosophical and psychological perspectives. While teaching at different universities here in New York, Jeanne is advocating for a widening of philosophical education beyond the academic frontiers.


Venue: Strand Bookstore

828 Broadway, New York, NY 10003

The Rare Book Room at Strand Bookstore boasts an elegant venue, the walls lined with leather-bound treasures from a book hand printed in 1480 to a limited edition Ulysses signed by Henri Matisse, the illustrator, and by James Joyce.

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