SOPhiA 2021

Salzburgiense Concilium Omnibus Philosophis Analyticis

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Truths of the past: would have we a duty to remember?
(Ethics, )

A The philosophical inquiry display that memory is involved in the process of knowledge (IZQUIERDO, 1989; AUDI, 2003; BERNECKER, 2018). Assuming that remembering, as well as knowledge, implies truth, then, remembering is, largely, knowing truths of the past. But given that memory is a matter of knowledge, would be a matter of morality as well? It seems obvious that memory has to be involved in questions of morality, but what is not obvious is how it occurs. In that context, this abstract aim to present some philosophical insights that could be taken as important reasons to think that, as a community, we have a duty to remember. When we think about memory as the act of remembrance, it is often referred as an individual capacity. But, although it is an activity that occurs, ultimately, individually, it also relies on external resources as at the moment of memory formation as at the moment of recalling these memories. In this sense, remembering is a process that emerge as an individual capacity and encompass a collective capacity (HALBACKS, 2003). In other words, the collective dimension of memory is an essential part of our temporality sense. Especially because our memories are what maintain us bound to time. It occurs insofar as our personal identity, largely, depends on our memories. We are able to construct our selfs, which are composed essentially by material, thinking, and moral dimensions (LOCKE, 1971) because we remember who we were and how we acted. Therefore, if our personal identity bases our moral values and our memory bases our personal identity, then memory is the base for our commitments of moral values. Finally, the way we remember could reveal how fair we are, as a community. For instance, collective remember of the victims of atrocities could mean the first step to prevent its recurrence (BLUSTEIN, 2008). So, even if memory is often an individual unreliable process, in many cases, it is all we have, especially when we need to connect truth to the past. Because the past must be more than a simple story we tell to ourselves. There is a past and we must to be able to see, through the memory, the truth on that, in order to be responsible for our wrongdoings and repair them as far as possible.

Chair: Markus Fuchsberger
Time: 10:00-10:30, 10 September 2021 (Friday)
Location: SR 1.004
Remark: (Online Talk)

Vitor de Almeida  
(Federal University of Santa Maria, )



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