In Praise of Forgetting

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  • 4.5
  • 8728
  • English
  • 05 February 2018
  • Hardcover
  • 160 pages
  • 9780300182798
  • In Praise of Forgetting
  • David Rieff

10 thoughts on “In Praise of Forgetting

  1. Nguyen Santiago says:

    Essentially a literature review of standard writings on social and collective memory The palimpsest of quotations, names and locations moves quickly from one thing to another, and as a consequence remains mostly at surface level When Rieff finally makes a concentrated feint at an argument, in his own words to boot, it is only in the concluding chapter The preceeding tour d horizon though has little structure and has not built strongly towards anything as a result his wispy conclusions feel unsupported and unenlightening Much of the the final chapter is presented in a slightly modified format in Rieff s essay in The Guardian, The cult of memory when history does harm than good It is perhaps even a little clearer than the book, so I quote it to present the crux of his argument which, at least to most observers of a realist bent, would seem pretty uncontroversial But what if the memorialising of collective historical memory as a high moral obligation is wrong, ...

  2. Sean Cunningham says:

    This would have made a great essay in the Times magazine The author assumes a lot of prior knowledge Also, it was, in my opinion and since this is my review, it s my opinion that the author could have done with a good editor because good editors help to make some of the run on sentences readable.

  3. Jean-Marie says:

    The title of David Rieff s latest book, In Praise of Forgetting perhaps obscures his measured and judicious consideration of history, historical remembrance, historical memory, and forgetting Rieff does not so much advocate forgetting history s atrocities, but makes, as the New York Times reviewer put it, a pugnacious argument for why not everything should be remembered Reading In Praise of Forgetting was very much like listening to David Rieff at the dinner table full disclosure he and my husband are friends frighteningly smart and completely unafraid to confront sacred cows, particularly those that favor revisionism at the expense of accuracy and romanticism over hard and often unpopular truths Although In Praise of Forgetting meanders a bit, and the opening pages are a cacophony of names and references, Rieff successfully shores up solid examples of why historical memory is a shambles One is that of Hubert Butler, a member of the Irish Republic s Protestant minority who was excoriated for suggesting that the Catholic bishop of Zagreb had been complicit in forcible conversions to Catholicism Butler, for telling the truth, was forced into internal exile Rieff also confronts the difficult issue of whether only pa...

  4. Paulina says:

    David Rieff has read a lot of books This volume is just bursting with erudition, and although I disagree with a lot of his points which, to be honest, I found hard to discern, as he seems to draw ellipses in avoidance o...

  5. Alessandra says:

    As a historian, the premise from which I work is that history the past matters And it matters not in some antiquarian sense of preserving that which is behind us, but in a critical sense of grappling with the past of tracing historical continuities and ruptures to tease out perspectives that can help us better navigate the dilemmas of our times Reiff sets out to challenge that very premise, and I figured it was worth testing my case I left with my assumptions intact Why Because Reiff, while doing a fine job of challenging the productivity, utility, and moral soundness of collective memory, does not in fact make a concrete case for forgetting I m also not sure that his case is a new one Memory studies scholars that Reiff points to throughout the text have already done the work of casting doubt on and citing grave concerns w...

  6. Hans-Martin Ishida says:

    An insightful exploration on interpretations of historical memory and its implications My only complaint is that it s very Western focused Didnt explore collective memories in places like India or post colonial Africa in great detail Though that does part...

  7. Joe Mcmanis says:

    Couldn t stand reading this book it is so terribly written It s the book version of that annoying guy you avoid at parties because all he does is name drop to make himself look cool Same concept, except quoting famous philosophers and such, so you really know how well read the author is Blech.

  8. Lee Barry says:

    Only a cursory reading, and I cherry picked the interesting bits for reference purposes.I wouldn t call it terrible writing, but it definitely needs a tightening up Too many run on sentences.

  9. Professor Shredder says:

    InterestingDensely written Straightforward ideas Communal remembering overrated, leads to violence Author advocates for active forgetting Not an easy read, author writes like Kant s little brother.

  10. Diego says:

    El libro es una colecci n de peque os ensayos muy provocadores sobre la naturaleza, proposito y utilidad de la memoria colectiva conocer el pasado, seguirlo recordando asegura que los errores del pasado no se repitan es la pregunta que gu a parte del argumento de los ensayos Por otro lado el argumento tambi n gira en ...

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