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The Age of QuestionsOr, A First Attempt at an Aggregate History of the Eastern, Social, Woman, American, Jewish, Polish, Bullion, Tuberculosis, and Many Other Questions over the Nineteenth Century, and Beyond$
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Holly Case

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780691131153

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691131153.001.0001

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The Temporal Argument

The Temporal Argument

The Age of Spin

(p.180) 6 The Temporal Argument
The Age of Questions

Holly Case

Princeton University Press

This chapter discusses the temporal argument, asserting that questions were self-consciously of their time while straining to become timeless. To illustrate the way questions emerged and evolved over time, the chapter first considers the pace and rhythm of the age of questions by revisiting the American question. It then examines the irregularity with which questions commanded the international spotlight, not surprisingly around wars and uprisings, and querists' desire for catharsis. It also looks at the constraints imposed by timeliness; how, in terms of genre, satire could bring literature and querism into a common frame; and how whole new disciplines (political economy and later sociology) formed—at least in part—around engagement with questions so that philosophy and literature could retain their timelessness. The chapter concludes with an analysis of the omnibus character of the social question as well as its causes.

Keywords:   temporal argument, questions, time, American question, catharsis, satire, literature, querism, philosophy, social question

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