‘The instant [Augenblik] is a primordial phenomenon of originary temporality, whereas the “now” is merely a phenomenon of derivative time’, writes Heidegger. ‘The instant is not the fleeting “now”, but the collision between future and past.’ And: ‘Eternity is in the instant.’ Michel Haar, in his book on Heidegger, describes it as ‘the ekstatic point-source from which temporality as a whole springs: complete, undivided, enveloped in an atom, invisible to the commonplace of day, and as though eternally recommenced.’


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