THE VERY APORIA THAT IS

What forgetting awakens at this crossroads is, in fact, the very aporia that is at the source of the problematical character of the representation of the past, namely, memory’s lack of reliability. Forgetting is the challenge par excellence put to memory’s aim of reliability. The trustworthiness of memories hangs on the enigma constitutive of the entire problematic of memory, namely, the dialectic or presence and absence at the heart of the representation of the past, to which is added the feeling of distance proper to memories, unlike the simple absence of the image, which it serves to depict or to simulate.

– Paul Ricoeur, Memory, History, Forgetting

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