The world of nostalgia. Casey, E. S. Man and World, 20(4):361–384, 1987.
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[first paragraph] Nostalgia, seemingly a subject of limited philosophical interest, in fact gives rise to intriguing questions that call for philosophical scrutiny. To begin with, what are we nostalgic about - what is the proper object of nostalgia? Indeed, is there a definite object of nostalgia such as a thing or a person, or is it a question of some- thing quite indefinite such as an ambiance or an atmosphere? Then again, what is the intrinsic temporality of nostalgia? Do we get nostalgic over the past as past - that is to say, over the sheer fact that something has expired and cannot return - or do we be- come nostalgic only when a remnant of the past lingers into the present (e.g., in the guise of photographs, souvenirs, etc.). Can we even be certain that nostalgia is altogether a temporal matter: are we not nostalgic about places as well as times? Is nostalgia a func- tion of memory (as we tend to suppose) or are other basic forms of mental activity also involved?
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abstract = {[first paragraph] Nostalgia, seemingly a subject of limited philosophical interest, in fact gives rise to intriguing questions that call for philosophical scrutiny. To begin with, what are we nostalgic about - what is the proper object of nostalgia? Indeed, is there a definite object of nostalgia such as a thing or a person, or is it a question of some- thing quite indefinite such as an ambiance or an atmosphere? Then again, what is the intrinsic temporality of nostalgia? Do we get nostalgic over the past as past - that is to say, over the sheer fact that something has expired and cannot return - or do we be- come nostalgic only when a remnant of the past lingers into the present (e.g., in the guise of photographs, souvenirs, etc.). Can we even be certain that nostalgia is altogether a temporal matter: are we not nostalgic about places as well as times? Is nostalgia a func- tion of memory (as we tend to suppose) or are other basic forms of mental activity also involved?},
author = {Casey, Edward S.},
doi = {10.1007/BF01252103},
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issn = {0025-1534},
journal = {Man and World},
number = {4},
pages = {361--384},
title = {{The world of nostalgia}},
url = {http://link.springer.com/10.1007/BF01252103},
volume = {20},
year = {1987}
}
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