Memory, history, forgetting / Paul Ricoeur ; translated by Kathleen Blamey and David Pellauer.
Published: Chicago, Illinois : University of Chicago Press, 2006Description: xvii, 642 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.ISBN: 9780226713427; 0226713423; 9780226713410; 0226713415.Other title: Original French title: Mémoire, l’histoire, l’oubli.
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.