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Memory, History, Forgetting

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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, ...more
Paperback, 624 pages
Published August 15th 2006 by University Of Chicago Press (first published 2000)
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Nov 06, 2014 Jonathan rated it it was amazing
Much more readable than I expected, particularly as we are dealing with phenomenological approaches to time, and very clearly structured and argued. Lots of end-notes, so the text itself is actually much shorter than the number of pages suggests.

I agree with his fundamental concerns about the "unsettling spectacle offered by an excess of memory here, and an excess of forgetting elsewhere, to say nothing of the influence of commemorations and abuses of memory – and of forgetting" , though his sl
Feb 08, 2009 Andrew added it
Shelves: philosophy
Phenomenology is often very hard to read, and Ricoeur is no exception. But despite that, all of Ricoeur's observations seem wise and measured. This is dense, not because of obscurantist writing techniques, but because Ricoeur simply has a lot to say. Even when I disagree with him (especially some of his ideas about the historiographic process), I found myself respecting his arguments enough to continue onwards. I wish I had a greater grounding in Norbert Elias, Erving Goffman, and a few other pe ...more
أحمد شاكر
Dec 02, 2015 أحمد شاكر rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: فلسفة
هذا كتاب ضخم. كتاب غير عادي. أربعة أقسام، ليس كما يشير العنوان: الذاكرة، التاريخ، النسيان، الغفران. أصعبها وأطولها وأكثرها تعقيدا الجزء المتعلق بالتاريخ، وأجملها وأكثرها قربا للحياة والواقع الجزء المتعلق بالنسيان والغفران.
طبعا، كان صعبا علي فهم بول ريكور، أو فهم الكتاب، فهما جيدا، لكنها كانت محاولة قراءة..
David M
Jul 25, 2015 David M rated it really liked it
Alright, this was my twelfth book by Paul Ricoeur this year, and now I'm seriously going to take a break...

I find philosophy can be incredibly seductive. Fiction really falls by the wayside. I mean, why should I care about this little domestic snafu somewhere when I have the chance to stalk being itself?? So I tend to binge, and then it starts to feel like my brain's bleeding, and I wonder if I've really learned anything at all... But then, months or even years later, I'll notice that I'm thinki
Lisa Parisi
Jun 01, 2016 Lisa Parisi rated it it was amazing
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Feb 27, 2010 Carl is currently reading it
I'm reading this as a supplement to the Cultural Memory reading I'm doing-- not sure how closely it will relate, or how much it will help with the problems of source criticism for ancient, oral religious beliefs which I am investigating, but I love Ricoeur, so I'll give it a go anyway! I suspect it would be best if I were to finish the Time and Narrative series first, but this book seems more directly relevant, so I'm going to see what I can get through for the time being. It's huge though. Not ...more
Okla Elliott
Sep 02, 2014 Okla Elliott rated it liked it
About 100 pages in so far, and I'm thoroughly impressed. I'll update this review when I finish it and let you know if the next 500 pages live up to the first 100.

[Update: It took me forever, but I finally finished the book. It is very strong in many regards, but I would not suggest it to even a highly educated general readership. This one is for specialists only. I had hoped to use it for my dissertation, which has a chapter on memory studies, but it ended up not proving useful for me.]
Apr 25, 2009 Marilena rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Serious mnemonic study with mainly a historical perspective.

The style in which Ricoeur writes is difficult therefore it requires much attention and...rereadings.

Anyway when it comes to memory, oblivion, anamnesis, history, this is a very important book.

Hmmm...too bad I don't have it in English!!!!!
Jul 08, 2007 mahatma rated it it was amazing
belum baca semua tapi udah ngasih rating.
habis, emang asyik sih bagian introductionnya.
[haah? baru intro? lelet bangeet bacanya!]
ini kotak review kok nggak cerita tentang 'what i learned from this book'seeh?
María Eugenia
Jul 27, 2008 María Eugenia rated it liked it
..."la autonomía del conocimiento histórico respecto al fenómeno mnemónico sigue siendo la presuposición principal de una epistemología coherente de la historia en cuanto disciplina científica y
literaria"...Me dejó pensando...
Jan 20, 2010 John added it
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Um...almost incomprehensible. Only read the first section. The few ideas I was able to grasp, however, did seem pretty remarkable.'s 500 pages on memory, and the overall argumentation is hard to follow.
Katie Stafford
Mar 29, 2011 Katie Stafford is currently reading it
I have hopes for this one! Perhaps the fact that it is a dense 600 page philosophical text in translation makes me optimistically dream that it will be worth it. I will let you know.
morning Os
Feb 07, 2012 morning Os rated it really liked it
Dense. It surely makes you wonder if it is worth spending time reading this book instead of reading others. But you'll feel his passion.
Nov 27, 2013 Courtney rated it it was ok
It was interesting, insightful, and I enjoyed it. BUT it was as dense as a brick.
Chris Meyer
Jul 28, 2013 Chris Meyer rated it really liked it
Sort of a one-trick pony, but an insight to be sure.
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phenomenology, philosophy, history, hermeneutics
Jul 24, 2013 Ngyw rated it really liked it
Thought provoking!
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Paul Ricoeur (1913–2005) is widely recognized as one of the most distinguished philosophers of the twentieth century. In the course of his long career he wrote on a broad range of issues. His books include a multi-volume project on the philosophy of the will: Freedom and Nature: The Voluntary and the Involuntary (1950, Eng. tr. 1966), Fallible Man (1960, Eng. tr. 1967), and The Symbolism of Evil ( ...more
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