The title of this issue of Double Dialogues reeks of course with irony at a time in which the ‘real’ has been so contested. Its marvellous qualities allude more to absence than to presence. In this collection of essays we are looking back at thinkers and artists and speculating on what the past can tell us about the way we might envisage a future.
These essays explore the fact of precursors and in doing so engage a little with magic and the powers of prophecies inherent perhaps in the best most-celebrated works from the past. This refers to philosophies, histories and psychologies as it does to all forms of art