Memory, History, Revelation

Edith Wyschogrod

in Crossover Queries

Published by Fordham University Press

Published in print June 2006 | ISBN: 9780823226061
Published online March 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780823235148 | DOI:

Series: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy

Memory, History, Revelation

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This chapter considers the meaning of past time and the writing of history, as well as the question of memory, especially the materialist challenge to traditional accounts with, perhaps, some surprising outcomes. It also discusses the relation of revelation to memory and history. A piece of historical writing is often thought of as a narrative interpreting the times of those who can themselves no longer depict the epoch in which they lived and moved and had their being. The subjects of this story are no longer here to attest to their era's culture, economy, institutions, politics, and way of life, whether to praise or to excoriate them. The historian is challenged to configure for the living the lives and times of dead others, making inferences from the clues that are trusted by the profession: archives, artifacts, and transmitted traditions. What remains unstated in this account is the manner in which the narrator speaks about, but not for, the past.

Keywords: past time; history; memory; revelation; historian; dead others; historical writing

Chapter.  6117 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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