Time and Meaning

  • Timothy Shanahan


There are many clues that the replicants are obsessed with time. ‘Time’ is the first word we hear from Roy Batty as he emerges from a phone booth to assure Leon: ‘Time enough.’ At that point his declaration is still utterly mysterious. Time enough for what? As later becomes clear, the replicants are obsessed with time as it relates to their ‘morphology, longevity, incept dates’ — that is, to the amount of life they have left, and how they might acquire more of it. When Leon drags Deckard into an alley after witnessing Zhora’s retirement, time is clearly on his mind as well:

Leon: How old am I?

Deckard: I don’t know.

Leon: My birthday is April 10, 2017. How long do I live?

Deckard: Four years.

Leon: More than you! … Wake up! Time to die.


Meaningful Life Finite Life Blade Runner Strange Story Immortal Life 
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© Timothy Shanahan 2014

Authors and Affiliations

  • Timothy Shanahan
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  1. 1.Loyola Marymount UniversityUSA

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