Collective Memory and the Historical Past by Jeffrey Andrew Barash

By Jeffrey Andrew Barash

There is one severe method we honor nice tragedies: through never forgetting. Collective remembrance is as outdated as human society itself, serving as a huge resource of social harmony, but as Jeffrey Andrew Barash indicates during this e-book, it has served novel roles in a contemporary period another way characterised through discontinuity and dislocation. Drawing on contemporary theoretical explorations of collective reminiscence, he elaborates a massive new philosophical foundation for it, person who unveils very important obstacles to its scope in terms of the historic past.


Crucial to Barash’s research is a glance on the radical variations that the symbolic configurations of collective reminiscence have passed through with the increase of latest applied sciences of mass communique. He provocatively demonstrates how such applied sciences’ capability to simulate direct experience—especially through the image—actually makes extra palpable collective memory’s obstacles and the opacity of the history, which continuously lies past the succeed in of dwelling reminiscence. Thwarting skepticism, despite the fact that, he ultimately seems to be to literature—specifically writers equivalent to Marcel Proust, Walter Scott, and W. G. Sebald—to discover refined nuances of temporality that would provide inconspicuous logos of a previous historic reality.


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