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Martin Paul Eve

Professor of Literature, Technology and Publishing at Birkbeck, University of London

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"His work is the extrapolation of a negative καιρος" (Adorno, Theodor W. Aesthetic Theory. Edited by Gretel Adorno and Rolf Tiedemann. Translated by Robert Hullot-Kentor. London: Continuum, 2004. p. 33.) -- in reference to Beckett

With thanks to Yorgos Maragos.

καιρος = time/period

Example from Aeschines:

πόθεν οὖν ἐπὶ τὴν μεταβολὴν ἦλθε τῶν πραγμάτων, οὗτος γάρ ἐστιν ὁ δεύτερος καιρός,
"Now how it was that he came to reverse his policies (for this is the second period)" (http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/hopper/text?doc=Perseus:text:1999.01.0002:speech=3:section=79)

Further instances in Adorno:

"Accordingly, contrary to current aesthetic views, whe whole in truth exists only for the sake of its parts -- that is, its καιρος the instant -- and not the reverse; what works in opposition to mimesis ultimately seeks to serve it." (Adorno, Theodor W. Aesthetic Theory. Edited by Gretel Adorno and Rolf Tiedemann. Translated by Robert Hullot-Kentor. London: Continuum, 2004. p. 246.)

"This consciousness is no vague timeliness, no καιρος that would justify the course of a world history, that is not the development of truth." (Adorno, Theodor W. Aesthetic Theory. Edited by Gretel Adorno and Rolf Tiedemann. Translated by Robert Hullot-Kentor. London: Continuum, 2004. p. 251.)

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