TITLE

The Culture of Endings

AUTHOR(S)
Dobrez, Livio
PUB. DATE
December 2014
SOURCE
Humanities (2076-0787);2014, Vol. 3 Issue 4, p711
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article analyses the cultural state of mind characteristic of historical periods at some kind of endpoint: the end of a world or even of the world or, most hypothetically, of the universe. This is the idea of Last Days. In order to contextualize it, it is necessary to consider varying conceptions of temporality: a hunter-gatherer model, models of cyclical time and of linear time. At least in the West, this last may be understood as a product of Judaeo-Christian thinking, of which the article gives an account focussed on the motifs of eschatology, apocalypse and messianism. Finally the article proposes that the present moment in history, characterized as "Post-Modernity", may readily be read as a time of endings, perhaps even of a conclusive end.
ACCESSION #
100118013

 

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