Memory: A History

Paperback | September 10, 2015

EditorDmitri Nikulin

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In recent decades, memory has become one of the major concepts and a dominant topic in philosophy, sociology, politics, history, science, cultural studies, literary theory, and the discussions of trauma and the Holocaust. In contemporary debates, the concept of memory is often used ratherbroadly and thus not always unambiguously. For this reason, the clarification of the range of the historical meaning of the concept of memory is a very important and urgent task. This volume shows how the concept of memory has been used and appropriated in different historical circumstances and howit has changed throughout the history of philosophy.In ancient philosophy, memory was considered a repository of sensible and mental impressions and was complemented by recollection - the process of recovering the content of past thoughts and perceptions. Such an understanding of memory led to the development both of mnemotechnics and the attempts tolocate memory within the structure of cognitive faculties. In contemporary philosophical and historical debates, memory frequently substitutes for reason by becoming a predominant capacity to which one refers when one wants to explain not only the personal identity but also a historical, political,or social phenomenon. In contemporary interpretation, it is memory, and not reason, that acts in and through human actions and history, which is a critical reaction to the overly rationalized and simplified concept of reason in the Enlightenment. Moreover, in modernity memory has taken on one of themost distinctive features of reason: it is thought of as capable not only of recollecting past events and meanings, but also itself. In this respect, the volume can be also taken as a reflective philosophical attempt by memory to recall itself, its functioning and transformations throughout its ownhistory.

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In recent decades, memory has become one of the major concepts and a dominant topic in philosophy, sociology, politics, history, science, cultural studies, literary theory, and the discussions of trauma and the Holocaust. In contemporary debates, the concept of memory is often used ratherbroadly and thus not always unambiguously. For t...

Dmitri Nikulin is Professor of Philosophy at the New School for Social Research in New York. His interests range from ancient philosophy and early modern science to the philosophy of dialogue and philosophy of history.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:416 pages, 10.12 × 5.51 × 1.42 inPublished:September 10, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Dmitri Nikulin: Introduction. Memory in Recollection of Itself1. Dmitri Nikulin: Memory in Ancient PhilosophyFrancesco de Angelis: Reflection: Roman Art and the Visual Memory of Greece2. Jorn Mller: Memory in Medieval PhilosophyLudovico Geymonat: Reflection: Visual Memory and a Drawing by Villard de Honnecourt3. Stephen Clucas: Memory in the Renaissance and Early Modern PeriodXia Chen: Reflection: Memory and Forgetfulness in Daoism4. Angelica Nuzzo: Forms of Memory in Classical German PhilosophyMieke Bal: Reflection: Memory and Story-Telling in Proust5. Nicolas de Warren: Memory in Continental Philosophy: Metaphor, Concept, ThinkingEli Zaretsky: Reflection: Freud and Memory6. Michael Rothberg: Trauma, Memory, Holocaust.Daniel Schacter: Reflection: Memory: An Adaptive Constructive Process7. Sven Bernecker: Memory in Analytic PhilosophyAxel Honneth: Reflection: The Recognitional Structure of Collective Memory8. Jan Assmann: Memory and Culture