Present Perfect, or the Time of Post-Socialism

  • Ozren Pupovac
Keywords: historical time, post-socialism, egalitarian politics, Đinđić

Abstract

What is the specific conception of historical time that is established with the so-called post-socialist condition? I argue that the time of post-socialism, and especially its own construction of actuality, can be conceptualised as the present perfect. Present perfect stands for two things: 1) a conception of the present which is entirely determined by the past, 2) a conception of historical change which is conceived as the infinite perfection of the existent. These two subjective orientations of historical time in post-socialism correspond to the prevalence of, respectively, nationalist ideologies and neo-liberal and liberal-democratic ideals. The present perfect in both its variations is an obscurantist time: a time which obscures our subjective disposition to master history collectively, a time which obscures the egalitarian political construction of the present itself as an infinite opening and interruption in history.

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Published
2016-03-08
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Pupovac O. Present Perfect, or the Time of Post-Socialism. FV [Internet]. 2016Mar.8 [cited 2021Dec.2];30(3). Available from: https://ojs.zrc-sazu.si/filozofski-vestnik/article/view/4461