The blog for the Journal of the History of Ideas is running a forum responding to Jeffrey Andrew Barash’s recent book, Collective Memory and Historical Understanding.
My own contribution will be appearing later today, with two already up. Michael Meng posted first, calling attention to the critical, democratic, role for history. Sophie Marcotte-Chénard then proposed – with reference to Hayden White’s recent work – a synthesis of memory and historical understanding in a ‘practical past’. I’m quite sympathetic to this view.
My piece raises some reservations about whether or not an account of memory and history based on finitude can give any normative direction. What we remember is crucial, from this point of view.
In any case, here are the links, and I’ll update them as new posts appear.
- Barash’s Collective Memory and Historical Understanding (Chicago UP, 2016)
- Michael Meng, History as Critique
- Sophie Marcott Chénard, A Practical Past Beyond the Historical Past?
- Andrew Dunstall, Memory, Symbols, and Political Principles
- More to come…