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Towards a social theory of acceleration: Time, modernity, critique

Filip Vostal
p. 235-249
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Rosa HARTMUT, 2013 (2005), Social Acceleration: A New Theory of Modernity, translated and introduced by Jonathan Trejo-Mathys, New York, Columbia University Press, 470 p.

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I thank Benoît Pelopidas and reviewers of Revue européenne des sciences sociales for their encouragement and insightful comments on an earlier version of this essay. I am also grateful to the Institute of Sociological Studies at Charles University in Prague for hosting me as a postdoctoral researcher during the writing of the essay.

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2. Tensions and paradoxes
3. Polemical considerations

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The English translation of Hartmut Rosa’s book Beschleunigung: Die Veränderung de Zeitstrukturen in der Moderne (2005a) accounts for a long-awaited investigation of the causes, manifestations and consequences of acceleration: a frequently pronounced attribute of modernity; often, however, approached in a popular and impressionistic—rather than scholarly and social scientific—fashion. Even though many readers might, and probably will, intuitively consider the study to be yet another prophetic and epochalist account on a fashionable theme; after a careful reading of the introduction and first few pages they will be surprised to discover that the very opposite of their initial assumption is true. With Rosa’s inquiry at the forefront, we are perhaps approaching a stage where the prevalent acceleration “zeitgeistology”—mostly associated with enigmatic yet oftentimes unintelligible work of Paul Virilio—in the social sciences will finally be surmounted. Moreover, Rosa’s acceleration-centre...

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Filip Vostal, « Towards a social theory of acceleration: Time, modernity, critique », Revue européenne des sciences sociales [En ligne], 52-2 | 2014, mis en ligne le 01 janvier 2018, consulté le 15 décembre 2017. URL : ; DOI : 10.4000/ress.2893

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Filip Vostal

Prague, Centre for Science, Technology, and Society Studies, Institute of Philosophy, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic

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