The historical sense involves a perception, not only of the pastness
of the past, but of its presence' (Eliot, 1932: 4).
To Eliot, tradition does not mean blind past, thrives on a special kind of 'historical sense' which involves a "perception not only of the pastness
of the past, but of its presence" (Tradition and the Individual Talent).
For in this context, time is not formulated as a movement in which the relation of a given moment to the transient properties of futurity, presentness, and pastness
of the past, while the present pressed down
Sometimes, as in the case of Kage Baker's "Speed, Speed the Cable," communications technologies like the gramophone and telegraph are of interest, but the pastness
of the nineteenth century is more frequently signaled by technologies of transportation, like the steam ship and locomotive, or by horses and horse-drawn vehicles.
The problem lies not so much with the horror as with the pastness
Like Butterfield, Isenberg--the Mary Frances Barnard Chair in 19th-Century American History at the University of Tulsa--rejects Whig history as insufficiently attentive to the pastness
of the past.
Can the pastness
of one continue to re-invigorate the newness of the other?
It is functionally complex because the auxiliary that marks the subject is in the present tense while the participle marks pastness
, so there is not a one-to-one mapping between form and meaning.
The last sentence of the epilogue makes clear the pastness
of the oedipal family, the pastness
of the father's view that "We Mulvaneys are joined at the heart" (14).
Cohen's book does not lay claim to much of an elaborate methodology, though he does advocate the importance of microhistory, and though he does insist that history is about coming to terms with the pastness
of the past and the textuality of texts.
Positioning the reality of the historical past under each of the "great classes" of the Same, the Other, and the Analogue, Ricoeur (1984:36) has found a way "to think more clearly what remains enigmatic in the pastness
of the past".