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Memory, History, Forgetting
Author: Paul Ricoeur

ISBN: 9780226713427
Format: Paperback
Number Of Pages: 624
Published: 17 August 2006
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.4 x 5.0
Description:
Why do major historical events such as the Holocaust occupy the forefront of the collective consciousness, while profound moments such as the Armenian genocide, the McCarthy era, and France's role in North Africa stand distantly behind? Is it possible that history "overly remembers" some events at the expense of others? A landmark work in philosophy, Paul Ricoeur's "Memory, History, Forgetting" examines this reciprocal relationship between remembering and forgetting, showing how it affects both the perception of historical experience and the production of historical narrative.
"Memory, History, Forgetting," like its title, is divided into three major sections. Ricoeur first takes a phenomenological approach to memory and mnemonical devices. The underlying question here is how a memory of present can be of something absent, the past. The second section addresses recent work by historians by reopening the question of the nature and truth of historical knowledge. Ricoeur explores whether historians, who can write a history of memory, can truly break with all dependence on memory, including memories that resist representation. The t...

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