A NEW MEANING FOR DEPTH

Forgetting prompts a rereading of the two problematics and of their articulation in light of a new principle of discrimination, that of levels of depth and of manifestation. Indeed, forgetting proposes a new meaning for the idea of depth, which the phenomenology of memory tends to identify with distance, with remoteness, according to a horizontal formulation of depth. Forgetting proposes, on the existential plane, something like an endless abyss, which the metaphor of vertical depth attempts to express.

– Ricoeur, Memory, History, Forgetting

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