Ruled Imagination: Representation and Factuality in Historical Knowledge

Vinicio Busacchi
Co-prime
Investigation
;
Pier Luigi Lecis
Co-prime
Investigation
In press

Abstract

This paper aims to show how Paul Ricoeur’s inquiry on memory, trace, and testimony contributes to rebalancing a framework that, at the dialectical level between imagination and representation, would essentially present historians’ work as hermeneutical. In Ricoeur’s later writings, we find a differently balanced perspective by focusing the (neurobiological and psychological) substrate of representation behind trace and memory. Representation precedes interpretation. And neither memory’s fidelity nor history’s epistemic truth belong to a game that would be solely played within the communicative space of a plurality of cognitive agents who are exchanging, controlling and sharing their experiences. Consequently, the reality of the past itself emerges in the practice of memory’s background.
In press
Inglese
Esperti anonimi
internazionale
scientifica
realism, memory, imagination, trace, testimony
no
Busacchi, Vinicio; Lecis, PIER LUIGI
1.1 Articolo in rivista
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