Krzysztof Pomian is Professor of History at the Nicolaus Copernicus University (Torun) and Academic Director of the Museum of Europe in Brussels.
How to deal with what we use to call time? There are four families of such temporal practices: chronometry, chronology, chronography, and chronosophy. In other words, we measure “time”, we determine our position in “time”, we register events that occur in “time”, and we think and speak about “time”. Each of these practices ascribes different characters to what it calls “time”. Are they dealing with the same object or with four different objects? If the latter is true, why are they giving to them the same name? And if they are dealing with one and the same object, why are there four different approaches to it? The remainder of the lecture will be devoted to an attempt at answering these questions.