Committing the Future to Memory
History, Experience, Trauma
Publication Year: 2013
Published by: Fordham University Press
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I am very glad for the chance to express my gratitude to the many Blanchot’s apt phrase). First and foremost, I would like to thank Ian Balfour, Howard Adelman, and Stephen Levine for their unwavering support, critical acuity, and seemingly endless patience. In addition to their support of this project in its earliest stages, they have offered ...
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In the preface to the second edition of the Science of Logic, Hegel refers to “the peculiar restlessness and distraction of our modern con-sciousness.”1 Although the tone of this statement makes it sound like something to be avoided or at any rate minimized, a moment’s reflec-tion tells us that for Hegel, it is one of modernity’s irreducible and ...
cha p t er on eNarrative Life Span, in the Wake
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The divine art is the story. In the beginning was the story. At the end we shall be privileged to view, and review, it—and that is what is named the Jacques Derrida’s lecture “Mnemosyne,” written shortly after the death of Paul de Man and devoted both to his work and to the friend-ship they shared, opens with a statement that is as complex as it is ...
cha p t er twoMemory in Theory
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As we saw in Chapter 1, one of the achievements of Arendt’s and Benjamin’s critiques of history is to have drawn attention to the ways in which modern history effectively eliminates the dimension of human experience from its discursive structure. The question remains, though, as to how to situate the concept of experience with respect to ...
chap t er thr e eMourning Memory
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A mended sock is better than a torn one; not so with self-consciousness.Despite the more complicated reading of Locke’s Essay that I hope to have generated in Chapter 2—especially in terms of the kinds of tem-porality that are generated when memory is understood to be medi-ated in and through language—it nonetheless remains the case that ...
cha p t er fourSpeculating on the Past,the Impact of the Present
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We must hold to the conviction that it is in the nature of truth to prevail when its time has come, and that it appears only when this time has come, and therefore never appears prematurely nor finds a public not ripe to receive it. . . . But from this we must distinguish the more gradual effect For Hegel, this end of history is marked by the coming of Science in the ...
chap t er f i v eIn Lieu of a Last Word
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Wild animals run from the dangers they actually see, and once they have escaped them worry no more. We however are tormented alike by what is . . . la responsabilité la plus folle (celle de la mémoire) . . .Impatience is the failing of one who wants to withdraw from the absence of time; patience is the ruse which seeks to master this absence by making of it ...
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...1. G. W. F. Hegel, preface to the 2nd ed., Hegel’s Science of Logic, trans. 2. G. W. F. Hegel, Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit, trans. A. V. Miller 3. On the growth, both in number and size, of testimonial archive projects since the 1980s, see Geoffrey Hartman, “The Ethics of Witness,” in Lost in the Archives, ed. Rebecca Comay (Toronto: Alphabet City, 2002). Alongside ...
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Aarsleff, Hans. From Locke to Saussure: Essays on the Study of Language and Intellectual History. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, Agacinski, Sylviane. Time Passing: Modernity and Nostalgia. Trans. Jody Agamben, Giorgio. Homo Sacer: Sovereign Power and Bare Life. Trans. Daniel Heller-Roazen. Stanford, Calif.: Stanford University Press, 1998....
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Publication Year: 2013