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Our Faithfulness to the PastThe Ethics and Politics of Memory$
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Sue Campbell, Christine M. Koggel, and Rockney Jacobsen

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199376933

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199376933.001.0001

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The Second Voice—A Manifesto

The Second Voice—A Manifesto

(p.1) Introduction The Second Voice—A Manifesto
Our Faithfulness to the Past

Sue Campbell

Oxford University Press

Campbell argues that the presumed threat to the integrity of the self that is posed by others with whom we share memories assumes an implausibly homogenous and non-relational conception of the self. On the view that she defends, both the individual and her memories are already fully relational, so the study of memory is inevitably concerned with the interrogation of boundaries between the individual and the collective. On Campbell’s account of sharing memories, the influence of others is not intrinsically contaminating but constituting, and our relations to those with whom we share a past, as well as those to whom we relate our past, are deeply implicated in shaping and reshaping our identities. The activities and contexts of sharing memories with others are therefore central among the occasions in which our identities get created.

Keywords:   activities of remembering, identity of selves, integrity, relational conception of memory, relational selves, sharing memory

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