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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 ...
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Overview

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 third and final section is a profound meditation on the necessity of forgetting as a condition for the possibility of remembering, and whether there can be something like happy forgetting in parallel to happy memory. Throughout the book there are careful and close readings of the texts of Aristotle and Plato, of Descartes and Kant, and of Halbwachs and Pierre Nora.



A momentous achievement in the career of one of the most significant philosophers of our age, Memory, History, Forgetting provides the crucial link between Ricoeur's Time and Narrative and Oneself as Another and his recent reflections on ethics and the problems of responsibility and representation.



“His success in revealing the internal relations between recalling and forgetting, and how this dynamic becomes problematic in light of events once present but now past, will inspire academic dialogue and response but also holds great appeal to educated general readers in search of both method for and insight from considering the ethical ramifications of modern events. . . . It is indeed a master work, not only in Ricoeur’s own vita but also in contemporary European philosophy.”—Library Journal 


“Ricoeur writes the best kind of philosophy—critical, economical, and clear.”— New York Times Book Review





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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Ricoeur (emeritus, Univ. of Chicago) unpacks and explores the theoretical junctions and disjunctions through which both philosophers and the public have moved as they contemplate and re-experience major ethical events that shape the individual's self-perception and form the evolving identity of culture. Ricoeur's style here is both leisurely and comprehensive, opening up each new avenue of theory by explaining which philosophic tenets and texts inform his narrative. His success in revealing the internal relations between recalling and forgetting, and how this dynamic becomes problematic in light of events once present but now past, will inspire academic dialog and response but also holds great appeal to educated general readers in search of both method for and insight from considering the ethical ramifications of modern events. The epilog turns to the subject of forgiveness, that "horizon common to memory, history and forgetting," and thus out from the self to the world again. Originally published in France in 2000, this work has won various literary and scholarly prizes. It is indeed a master work, not only in Ricoeur's own vita but also in contemporary European philosophy.-Francisca Goldsmith, Berkeley P.L., CA Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Choice
 
"This Ricoeur masterpiece is really three independent, closely related books: a phenomenology of memory, an epistemology of the historical sciences, and a hermeneutics of forgetting."
Journal of Literature and Theology

"There is always something more to be discovered in a text by Paul Ricoeur."
New York Times Book Review

"Ricoeur writes the best kind of philosophy—critical, economical, and clear."
Christian Century

"Ricoeur labors as an incomparable mediator of often estranged philosophical approaches, always in a manner that compromises neither rigor nor creativity."
History Today
Paul Ricoeur's book Memory, History, Forgetting, is without a doubt a vital contribution albeit one that fits into a particular mould, namely that of a heavyweight Gallic intellectual in the time honoured tradition of Jean-Paul Sartre, Michel Foucault, and Jacques Derrida. . . . This is one of the most thought-provoking books I have read for some time. . . . From the outset Ricoeur displays a breathtaking array of learning with careful and close readings of Saint Augustine, Aristotle, Plato, Descartes, and Kant. . . . [This book] ranks as a momentous achievement which deserves a wide audience in the English speaking world.

— Martin Evans

Times Literary Supplement
Memory, History, Forgetting is an exceedingly serious study: serious in the . . . sense of being thoughtful, thorough, with a good sense of what is important.—Times Literary Supplement

 

 

 

— Avishai Margalit

Totalitarian Movements and Politcal Religions

Memory, History, Forgetting is not an easygoing work, and many will doubt its direct relevance to the working practices of historians and social sciences, viewing it rather as an esoteric discussion for philosophers. This would be to neglect an important piece of reflective thinking on the nature of historiographical problems.”

— Paul Jackson

The Times Higher Education Supplmenet
Moving. . . . it provides strong ethical advice for today as official commemoration brings the memory of some European genocides to the fore while maintaining a persistent silence on others. Ricoeur's closing words on the link between amnesty and amnesia are the legacy we can take from this book. The boundary between the two can be preserved, he writes, through the work of memory, complemented by the work of mourning, invoking a type of forgetting understood not as silence but as a statement in a pacified mood, without anger — an enunciation to be understood not as a commandment, but as a wish.

— Luisa Passerini

Totalitarian Movements and Political Religions
Memory, History, Forgetting is not an easygoing work, and many will doubt its direct relevance to the working practices of historians and social sciences, viewing it rather as an esoteric discussion for philosophers. This would be to neglect an important piece of reflective thinking on the nature of historiographical problems.”

— Paul Jackson

History Today - Martin Evans

"Paul Ricoeur's book Memory, History, Forgetting, is without a doubt a vital contribution albeit one that fits into a particular mould, namely that of a heavyweight Gallic intellectual in the time honoured tradition of Jean-Paul Sartre, Michel Foucault, and Jacques Derrida. . . . This is one of the most thought-provoking books I have read for some time. . . . From the outset Ricoeur displays a breathtaking array of learning with careful and close readings of Saint Augustine, Aristotle, Plato, Descartes, and Kant. . . . [This book] ranks as a momentous achievement which deserves a wide audience in the English speaking world."
Times Literary Supplement - Avishai Margalit

"Memory, History, Forgetting is an exceedingly serious study: serious in the . . . sense of being thoughtful, thorough, with a good sense of what is important.”--Times Literary Supplement
 
 

 

Totalitarian Movements and Politcal Religions - Paul Jackson

Memory, History, Forgetting is not an easygoing work, and many will doubt its direct relevance to the working practices of historians and social sciences, viewing it rather as an esoteric discussion for philosophers. This would be to neglect an important piece of reflective thinking on the nature of historiographical problems.”
The Times Higher Education Supplmenet - Luisa Passerini

"Moving. . . . it provides strong ethical advice for today as official commemoration brings the memory of some European genocides to the fore while maintaining a persistent silence on others. Ricoeur's closing words on the link between amnesty and amnesia are the legacy we can take from this book. The boundary between the two can be preserved, he writes, through the work of memory, complemented by the work of mourning, invoking a type of forgetting understood not as silence but as a statement in a pacified mood, without anger -- an enunciation to be understood not as a commandment, but as a wish."
Choice

 
"This Ricoeur masterpiece is really three independent, closely related books: a phenomenology of memory, an epistemology of the historical sciences, and a hermeneutics of forgetting."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226713465
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2009
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 624
  • File size: 947 KB

Meet the Author

Paul Ricoeur is the John Nuveen Professor Emeritus in the Divinity School, the Department of Philosophy, and the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago. He is the author of many books including Oneself as Another, the three-volume Time and Narrative, and The Just, all published by the University of Chicago Press. Kathleen Blamey has taught philosophy at California State University, Hayward, and the American University in Paris. David Pellauer is a professor of philosophy at DePaul University.

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Table of Contents

Preface

Part I - On Memory and Recollection

Chapter 1. Memory and Imagination

Reading Guidelines

The Greek Heritage

Plato: The Present Representation of an Absent Thing

Aristotle: "Memory Is of the Past"

A Phenomenological Sketch of Memory

Memories and Images

Chapter 2. The Exercise of Memory: Uses and Abuses

Reading Guidelines

The Abuses of Artificial Memory: The Feats of Memorization

The Abuses of Natural Memory: Blocked Memory, Manipulated Memory, Abusively Controlled Memory

The Pathological-Therapeutic Level: Blocked Memory

The Practical Level: Manipulated Memory

The Ethico-Political Level: Obligated Memory

Chapter 3. Personal Memory, Collective Memory

Reading Guidelines

The Tradition of Inwardness

Augustine

Locke

Husserl

The External Gaze: Maurice Halbwachs

Three Subjects of the Attribution of Memories: Ego, Collectives, Close Relations

Part II - History, Epistemology

Prelude History: Remedy or Poison?

Chapter 1. The Documentary Phase: Archived Memory

Reading Guidelines

Inhabited Space

Historical Time

Testimony

The Archive

Documentary Proof

Chapter 2. Explanation/Understanding

Reading Guidelines

Promoting the History of Mentalities

Some Advocates of Rigor: Michel Foucault, Michel de Certeau, Norbert Elias

Variations in Scale

From the Idea of Mentality to That of Representation

The Scale of Efficacy or of Coerciveness

The Scale of Degrees of Legitimation

The Scale of Nonquantitative Aspects of Social Times

The Dialectic of Representation

Chapter 3. The Historian's Representation

Reading Guidelines

Representation and Narration

Representation and Rhetoric

The Historian's Representation and the Prestige of the Image

Standing For

Part III - The Historical Condition

Prelude: The Burden of History and the Nonhistorical

Chapter 1. The Critical Philosophy of History

Reading Guidelines

"Die Geschichte Selber," "History Itself"

"Our" Modernity

The Historian and the Judge

Interpretation in History

Chapter 2. History and Time

Reading Guidelines

Temporality

Being-toward-Death

Death in History

Historicity

The Trajectory of the Term Geschichtlichkeit

Historicity and Historiography

Within-Timeness: Being-"in"-Time

Along the Path of the Inauthentic

Within-Timeness and the Dialectic of Memory and History

Memory, Just a Province of History?

Memory, in Charge of History?

The Uncanniness of History

Maurice Halbwachs: Memory Fractured by History

Yerushalmi: "Historiography and Its Discontents"

Pierre Nora: Strange Places of Memory

Chapter 3. Forgetting

Reading Guidelines

Forgetting and the Effacing of Traces

Forgetting and the Persistence of Traces

The Forgetting of Recollection: Uses and Abuses

Forgetting and Blocked Memory

Forgetting and Manipulated Memory

Commanded Forgetting: Amnesty

Epilogue: Difficult Forgiveness

The Forgiveness Equation

Depth: The Fault

Height: Forgiveness

The Odyssey of the Spirit of Forgiveness: The Passage through Institutions

Criminal Guilt and the Imprescriptible

Political Guilt

Moral Guilt

The Odyssey of the Spirit of Forgiveness: The Stage of Exchange

The Economy of the Gift

Gift and Forgiveness

The Return to the Self

Forgiving and Promising

Unbinding the Agent from the Act

Looking Back over an Itinerary: Recapitulation

Happy Memory

Unhappy History?

Forgiveness and Forgetting

Notes

Works Cited

Index

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