Vantage point is described by Merriam Webster as "a position from which something is viewed or considered".

In this definition, how literal is "position" to be taken? I have the feeling this is somewhat flexible, but I'm looking for a word that describes this concept, but specifically (and unambiguously) for a point in time.

Example: When I finally delivered the book back to the library last week, it was already three weeks late.

Here I am considering the situation from the "position" of last week.

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    There are probably a lot of things that will be a near-fit. If you provide an example sentence you want your idiom to fit into, you'll probably get better answers. Or do you just want a different way of saying "last week" in your given example? – Patrick M Jul 8 '15 at 15:05
  • Think of time as the fourth dimension, and the difficulty disappears. I believe I have myself used the expression "vantage in time" (without the word point, since the Watergate hearings ruined point in time for my generation). – Brian Donovan Jul 8 '15 at 15:25
  • Use 'chronological perspective'. – Dave Magner Jul 8 '15 at 16:11
  • Describing a group vantage point/perspective: "In last year's thinking..." Describing a personal change in perspective over time: "In my child's mind..." – oakfish56 Jul 8 '15 at 16:12
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    Just go with timepoint. – stevesliva Jul 8 '15 at 23:19

Have you tried "in hindsight" or "in foresight"? They refer to a new understanding of a situation or a problem when viewed at another time.

From Merriam-Webster:

: the knowledge and understanding that you have about an
event only after it has happened
:  perception of the nature of an event after it has happened

:  the ability to see what will or might happen in the future
:  an act or the power of foreseeing :  prescience
:  provident care :  prudence <had the foresight to invest his money wisely>
:  an act of looking forward; also :  a view forward
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janusian is the word I believe you are looking for after the god Janus. People often focus on Janus representing contradictory ideas or states, but this god also represented a knowledge of past and future as well as the transition from one to the other.

By extension it should be fair to remark a point as being janus if it holds such a perspective.


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You're overthinking this. "Vantage point" does not have to refer to a physical location, nor does "position". English is quite flexible in allowing figurative use of such terms.

You can quite properly write "From the vantage point of last week's meeting ..."

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