Quicky: Originality.

Posted: August 21, 2013 in History/Philosophy, Quicky
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To be original is to do something that hasn’t been done before. Future.

Past. To go back to the origin is to do what has already been done before.

The change in the meaning of the word is connected by historian Reinhart Koselleck with the change in views on time during the 16th – 17th century. There came a new focus on the idea of progress through a singular and straight path of time.

It’s quite interesting to see how the Renaissance, the re-birth of the Antiques, is the starting point of a shift in the meaning of a word that literally used to mean almost the same as “renaissance.”

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