In his book Provincializing Europe: Postcolonial Thought and Historical Difference, Dipesh Chakrabarty suggests that "what allows historians to historicize the mediæval or the ancient is the very fact that these worlds are never completely lost. We inhabit their fragments even as we classify ourselves as modern and secular. It is because we live in time-knots that we can undertake the exercise of straightening out, as it were, some part of the knot."
In turn, Mr. Hansen uses that concept of time-knots, or "multiple temporalities held within a single moment," in his book The Summits of Modern Man, wherein he claims that peaks are "a vantage-point from which to observe the braiding together of self, state and mountain in historical knots of time."
Are there any mountaineers among our members? I myself enjoy going up small mountains, but once when I attempted the Matterhorn I went all dizzy half way up and concluded that I was not cut out for altitude.
Last Edit: Jul 31, 2013 19:39:12 GMT -5 by Deleted