Mortality, Time, and the Lessons of Silence: A Hermeneutical Analysis of Give and Take




The following will provide a hermeneutical examination of two experiences of time: time as taking-away and time as giving. It will attempt to address the interrelated issues of death, time, and the time of silence in order to see whether time should be viewed as an inevitable force that destroys everything in front of it, or whether another concept of time should be considered, one which comes from the other as the gift of time. It will be argued that the gift of time is only fully audible in the time of silence and that gratitude is most well-attuned response to such a time and to the time that precedes and exceeds us. 

Author Biography

Dr. Niall Keane, University of Padua, Italy

Dr. Niall Keane is a visiting researcher at the Department of Philosophy, Sociology, Education, and Applied Psychology at the University of Padua, Italy. He has published widely in the areas of phenomenology and hermeneutics and is the co-author of The Gadamer Dictionary (Continuum, 2012) and co-editor of The Blackwell Companion to Hermeneutics (Wiley-Blackwell, 2016). In addition to his publications on Husserl, Heidegger, Gadamer, Michel Henry, and Hannah Arendt, he is Treasurer of the Irish Phenomenological Circle, member of the editorial collective at the Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology, and cofounder and coordinator of the Irish Centre for Transnational Studies.