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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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Jonathan
Apr 29, 2014 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
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أحمد شاكر
Nov 10, 2014 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..
Andrew
Jan 11, 2009 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
David M
Jul 25, 2015 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
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Nalanda Buatong
Oct 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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เรามีความทรงจำมากมาย ความทรงจำคืนวาน ทรงจำของการใช้เวลากับใครคนหนึ่ง ความทรงจำวัยเด็ก ทรงจำของทักษะที่ฝึกฝน นิยามความทรงจำอันคลาสสิกเสมอมา ก็ปรากฏในงาน Prava Naturalia ของหมวดที่พูดถึงความทรงจำเช่นกัน คืออริสโตเติ้ลนิยามว่า “ความทรงจำเป็นอดีตที่ผ่านมา” ความทรงจำหาใช่เพียงสิ่งต่างต่าง สถานที่ ผู้คน และเหตุการณ์ ความทรงจำอันมีอยู่ของเรายังตั้งอยู่ในกรอบของเวลา เราพูดถึงการณ์ปรากฏผ่านมาด้วยลำดับอันเจาะจง สิ่
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Bahattin Cizreli
Yazar kitabın girişinde eserini önünde pek çok kaynak aynı anda açıkken yazdığını ifade ediyor. Bu ifadenin metin boyunca karşılığı sayısız kavram ve kişiye göndermede bulunması ile oluyor. Eğer Paul Ricoueur gibi bir düşünürü anlayacak ciddi okumalarınız yoksa metni takip etmek zor oluyor. Çünkü Ricoueur göndermede bulunduğu her kavram ve isimlerin görüşlerine yönelik açıklamalar da bulunmuyor. Tüm okuma boyunca kendimi "acaba bu kitabı okumaya devam etmeli miyim?" sorusunu kendime sorarken bul ...more
Michelle Marvin
Dec 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
I am so grateful that Ricoeur undertook this massive exploration of memory, history, forgetting, and forgiveness. I thoroughly enjoyed the first part, on memory, but found the second part on history much more difficult to follow. I am certain that if I were more acquainted with Husserl and Heidegger I would have been better prepared for this journey. This is the reason for the four stars - I unfortunately can't recommend the book unless you've done prior reading in Ricoeur (I came to the text ha ...more
5greenway
Nov 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Extraordinarily rich. I felt not nearly clever or well-read enough to make the most of this in one reading. Written with precision and warmth.
Guilherme Smee
Comecei a ler este livro há mais de um ano por ser uma das leituras mais indicadas do nosso PPG em Memória Social e Bens Culturais. Foi sorte minha encontrar ele na livraria da universidade com apenas um rasgo na capa, porque após isso descobri que esta obra havia esgotado. Como a minha leitura do livro veio e foi ao longo desse mais de um ano, fica difícil estabelecer um resumo para essa resenha. O livro é um apanhado das principais ideias de Paul Ricoeur em seus diversos livros como Tempo e Na ...more
Rebeca Mejia
Jun 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historiografía
"¿En qué medida, el libro de Ricoeur, La memoria, la historia, el olvido, aporta insumos teóricos para repensar historiográficamente nuestro presente, nuestra idea sobre la historia y la memoria?" Ricoeur menciona que los grandes fenómenos relativos al pasado son el mnemónico (memoria) y el histórico (historia), versando entre ellos el olvido. Cada uno corresponde una sección de su obra.
Una relación de diálogo la que se da entre memoria, historia y olvido. La selección de diálogo no es casual,
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Sean Guynes
Jun 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017, scholarship
I don't remember reading this...
JT
I like people that cite this more than the actual text.
عبدالله
هذا العمل الضخم يُبين كم أن ريكور قارئ خرجت فلسفته من كل هذه النصوص التي شكّلت رؤيته .
في أول فصول الكتاب الثلاثة كان ريكور جامدا بسبب إعتماده على الفينومينولوجيا الهوسرلية ما يستدعي عدم خروجه لعلوم أخرى غير الفلسفة، لكنه أصبح متوسعا لنصوص كثيرة يحلّلها (تأويليا) في فصل التاريخ حتى يتمكن القارئ حينها من وضع الإسقاطات داخل هذا العالم أو تاريخه..
سيظهر لنا في النهاية أو ماقبلها أن النسيان لم يكن نظيرا للذاكرة، يقول ريكور بأنه كان يسعى لذاكرة سعيدة ولكن لا يمكن فعلا تطبيق النسيان السعيد، ومن أجل ذلك
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Carl
Feb 27, 2010 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
Jul 12, 2012 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.]
Marilena
Mar 07, 2009 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!!!!!
María Eugenia
Jul 27, 2008 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...
mahatmanto
Jul 08, 2007 rated it it was amazing
belum baca semua tapi udah ngasih rating.
biarin...
habis, emang asyik sih bagian introductionnya.
[haah? baru intro? lelet bangeet bacanya!]
biarin...
ini kotak review kok nggak cerita tentang 'what i learned from this book'seeh?
biarin...
John
Jan 20, 2010 added it
Shelves: partial
Um...almost incomprehensible. Only read the first section. The few ideas I was able to grasp, however, did seem pretty remarkable. Still...it's 500 pages on memory, and the overall argumentation is hard to follow.
Lisa Parisi
Jun 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Chris Meyer
Apr 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Sort of a one-trick pony, but an insight to be sure.
Gwyn McClelland
Jun 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Thought provoking!
Katie Stafford
Mar 29, 2011 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
Dec 22, 2008 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.
Courtney
Sep 08, 2013 rated it it was ok
It was interesting, insightful, and I enjoyed it. BUT it was as dense as a brick.
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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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“Searching for a memory indeed attests to one of the major finalities of the act of remember- ing, namely, struggling against forgetting, wresting a few scraps of memory from the “rapacity” of time (Augustine dixit), from “sinking” into oblivion (oubli). It is not only the arduousness of the effort of memory that confers this unsettling character upon the relation, but the fear of having forgotten, of continuing to forget, of forgetting tomorrow to fulfill some task or other; for tomorrow, one must not forget...to remember.” 0 likes
“It is not only the arduousness of the effort of memory that confers this unsettling character upon the relation, but the fear of having forgotten, of continuing to forget, of forgetting tomorrow to fulfill some task or other; for tomorrow, one must not forget...to remember.” 0 likes
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