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Description - On Borrowed Time by Harald Weinrich

Life is short. This indisputable fact of existence has driven human ingenuity since antiquity, whether through efforts to lengthen our lives with medicine or shorten the amount of time we spend on work using technology. Alongside this struggle to manage the pressure of life's ultimate deadline, human perception of the passage and effects of time has also changed. In "On Borrowed Time", Harald Weinrich examines an extraordinary range of materials - from Hippocrates to Run Lola Run - to put forth a new conception of time and its limits that, unlike older models, is firmly grounded in human experience.Weinrich's analysis of the roots of the word time connects it to the temples of the skull, demonstrating that humans first experienced time in the beating of their pulses. Tracing this corporeal perception of time across literary, religious, and philosophical works, Weinrich concludes that time functions as a kind of sixth sense - the crucial sense that enables the other five.Written with Weinrich's customary narrative elegance, "On Borrowed Time" is an absorbing - and, fittingly, succinct - meditation on life's inexorable brevity.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780226886015
ISBN-10: 0226886018
Format: Hardback
(229mm x 152mm x mm)
Pages: 192
Imprint: University of Chicago Press
Publisher: The University of Chicago Press
Publish Date: 1-Dec-2008
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Harald Weinrich

Harald Weinrich is chair of Romance literature at the College de France and the author of many books, including The Linguistics of Lying and Other Essays. Steven Rendall has translated numerous books, including Weinrich's Lethe: The Art and Critique of Forgetting.

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