Wednesday, March 31, 2021

“The Past Is Not Dead. It's Not Even past”

In his line, “The past is not dead. It's not even past,” William Faulkner is referring to the paradox of time. We live in the past, the present exists in our mind as an abstraction, and the future never arrives. The moment you say, “right now”—that moment is gone; it is past; it is history. You can reminisce about the past, you may try to understand it, but you no longer live in it. By paraphrasing Faulkner, a philosophical point can be made: “The past philosophies are not dead. They aren’t even past.” Philosophical ideas never die. On the wings of new arguments, they keep coming back in age after age, giving rise to insights, new controversies, new clashes, and new collaborations.

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