REL 325 Spring 2013 Memory, Repetition, Forgetting (W)

Plato famously argues that all learning is recollection; during the period of Roman antiquity, a robust training in memory practices was an essential aspect of formal education. This course will examine ancient, medieval, and modern discourses on memory, forgetting, and repetition. Starting with Greek sources we will consider the philosophical relevance of memory and forgetting. We will then consider the role of memory and forgetting in medieval Christian sources, examining the place of memory in the search for God and the role of memory and repetition in religious practice. We will then ask the following questions: how do modern accounts of memory and forgetting differ from ancient and medieval accounts? And how do we construe memory and forgetting differently today, when so much information is archived or at least potentially archivable, and when the availability/suppression of information is such a charged political topic? Authors include: Plato, Aristotle, Plotinus, Augustine, Peter Damian, Hugh of St. Victor, Pascal, Hegel, Kierkegaard, Heidegger, Freud and Derrida.
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: regular class attendance and participation; three short papers (5-7 pages) and a take-home examination (essay format)
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Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: majors and prospective majors in Religion and Philosophy
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Divisional Attributes: Division II,Writing Intensive
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Enrollment Limit: 19
Expected Enrollment: 15
Class Number: 3689
REL325-01(S) SEM Memory, Repetition, Forgetting (W) Division 2: Social StudiesWriting Intensive Ryan D. Coyne
M 7:00 PM-9:40 PM Schapiro Hall 309 3689
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