Aristotle, Augustine and Ricœur’s Aporetics of Temporality in Context


  • Jonathan Martineau Liberal Arts College, Concordia University, Montréal, Canada.



Aristotle, Augustine, Time, Ricœur, Time and Narrative


Questioning Ricœur’s positioning of Aristotle and Augustine as the founders of the two mutually exclusive conceptions of time that dichotomize the Western tradition, this article suggests that what Ricœur describes as the aporetics of temporality is a product of the modern social time regime. Extracting Aristotle and Augustine’s conceptions of time from this modern problem reveals the Aristotelian so-called “naturalist” view of time as one that rather unifies humans and their world through symbolic mediation, while Augustine’s alleged “subjective” conception of time is read rather as expressing the subordination of time to divine transcendence.

Author Biography

Jonathan Martineau, Liberal Arts College, Concordia University, Montréal, Canada.

Author’s affiliation and contact info

Dr Jonathan Martineau

Assistant Professor

Liberal Arts College, Concordia University

2040 Mackay – RR-105

Montréal, Qc, H3G 1M8



Main areas of research

Time and temporality, political philosophy, history of philosophy, critical theory.


Main recent publications


2015                 Martineau, J. Time, Capitalism and Alienation. A Socio-Historical Inquiry into the Making of Modern Time. Leiden: Brill.

French translation: Martineau, J. (2017). L’Ère du temps. Modernité capitaliste et aliénation temporelle, trans. by Colette St-Hilaire. Montréal: Lux.


Journal Articles

2020                Vers une phénoménologie des temps de loisirs à l’ère des algorithmes. Politique et Sociétés, accepted for publication, forthcoming.

2019                 with Kolinjivadi, V. & Almeida, D.V. Can the Planet be Saved in Time? On the Temporalities of Socionature, the Clock, and the Limits Debate. Environment and Planning E: Nature and Space. doi: 10.1177/2514848619891874

2017                Culture in the Age of Acceleration, Hypermodernity, and Globalized Temporalities.  Journal of Arts Management, Law and Society, 47(4), 218-229.

2017                 Making Sense of the History of Clock-Time. Time and Society, 26(3), 305-320.

2017                Edmund Husserl’s Internal Time Consciousness and Modern Times, a Sociohistorical Interpretation. Journal of the Philosophy of History, doi: 10.1163/18722636-12341363.


Book Chapters

2017                Time in Modern Times: Heidegger’s and Bergson’s Conceptions of Time in Context. In E. Lung et al. (Eds.), Time and Culture (pp. 431-446). Bucharest: University of Bucharest Press.



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