Reclaiming the first century as common ground rather than the origin of deeply entrenched differences- liberating the past to speak to us in another way.
1. COUNTING TIME, CHARTING SPACE 1
2. TRANSLATIONS IN TIME: ON FLAVIUS JOSEPHUS 29
3. HISTORY AND METAPHYSICS: ON PHILO OF ALEXANDRIA 75
4. HISTORY AND IDENTITY: ON JOHN OF PATMOS 123
5. CONSTELLATIONS 163
I. Historical Particularity and Philosophical Universality 165
II. Apocalypse Is Not Our Present 182
III. Woman on the Margins 200
IV. History and Truth 216
Buck-Morss aims to topple various conceptual givens that have shaped modernity as an episteme and led us into some unhelpful postmodern impasses. She approaches the first century through the writings of three thinkers often marginalized in current discourse- Flavius Josephus, historian of the Judaean war; the neo-Platonic philosopher Philo of Alexandria; and John of Patmos, author of Revelation, the last book of the Christian Bible. Also making appearances are Antigone and John Coltrane, Plato and Bulwer-Lytton, al-Farabi and Jean Anouilh, Nicholas of Cusa and Zora Neale Hurston--not to mention Descartes, Kant, Hegel, Kristeva, and Derrida.