Symbols & Collective Memory

The Journal of the History of Ideas Blog: Book Forum on  Jeffrey Andrew Barash’s book Collective Memory and the Historical Past (University of Chicago, 2016).

Symbols, Collective Memory, and Political Principles

April 21, 2017

https://jhiblog.org/2017/04/21/

Barash bases his argument on a formal analysis of memory, symbols, and temporal intentionality. Finitude for him is a matter of logical form: living memory can only extend a certain length; the selection of what we remember is secondary for him. Finitude itself supplies no clear ethical principle, however. Which normative struggles, which injustices breathe life into “living memory”?

 

 

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