Our Faithfulness to the Past: The Ethics and Politics of Memory

ISBN : 9780199376933

Sue Campbell; Christine M. Koggel; Rockney Jacobsen
248 ページ
162 x 239 mm
Studies in Feminist Philosophy Series

This volume brings together essays - three of them previously unpublished - on the epistemology, ethics, and politics of memory by the late feminist philosopher Sue Campbell. The essays in Part I diagnose contemporary skepticism about personal memory, and develop an account of good remembering that is better suited to contemporary (reconstructive) theories of memory. Campbell argues that being faithful to the past requires both accuracy and integrity, and is both an epistemic and an ethical achievement. The essays in Part II focus on the activities and practices through which we explore and negotiate the shared significance of our different recollections of the past, and the importance of sharing memory for constituting our identities. Views about self, identity, relation, and responsibility (all influenced by traditions in feminist philosophy) are examined through the lens of Campbell's relational conception of memory. She argues that remaining faithful to our past sometimes requires us to re-negotiate the boundaries between ourselves and the collectives to which we belong. In Part III, Campbell uses her relational theory of memory to address the challenges of sharing memory and renewing selves in contexts that are fractured by moral and political difference, especially those arising from a history of injustice and oppression. She engages in detail Canada's Indian Residential Schools Truth and Reconciliation Commission, where survivor memories have the potential to illuminate the significance of the past for a shared future. The study of memory brings together philosophers, psychologists, historians, anthropologists, legal theorists, and political theorists and activists. Sue Campbell demonstrates a singular ability to put these many different areas of scholarship and activism into fruitful conversation with each other while also adding an original and powerful voice to the discussion.


Editors' Introduction
Note on Sources
Author's Introduction: The Second Voice: A Manifesto
Part I. Our Faithfulness to the Past
Chapter 1: Models of Minds and Memory Activities
Chapter 2: Our Faithfulness to the Past: Reconstructing Memory Values
Chapter 3: Memory, Truth, and the Search for Integrity
Part II. Memory, Diversity and Solidarity
Chapter 4: Inside the Frame of the Past: Memory, Diversity, and Solidarity
Chapter 5: Memory, Reparation, and Relation: Starting in the Right Places
Chapter 6: Remembering Who We Are: Responsibility and Resistant Identification
Part III. Remembering for the Future
Chapter 7: Remembering for the Future: Memory as a Lens on the Indian Residential Schools Truth and Reconciliation Commission
Chapter 8: Challenges to Memory in Political Contexts: Recognizing Disrespectful Challenge


Canadian philosopher Sue Campbell (1956-2011) did important and influential work in moral and political psychology and in feminist theory. Her interest was in the diverse ways we express emotion and memory and in the political contexts that affect our possibilities for self-expression. Her second book Relational Remembering: Rethinking the Memory Wars (2003) won the North American Society for Social Philosophy 2003 Book Prize, and is essential reading for anyone theorizing about memory and its reliability. In 2014, Hypatia, the foremost journal of feminist philosophy, will publish a cluster of new essays on Campbell's work. ; Christine M. Koggel is Professor of Philosophy at Carleton University and the former Harvey Wexler Professor of Philosophy and Department Chair at Bryn Mawr College. Her numerous books and essays are in moral theory, practical ethics, social and political theory, and feminism.; Rockney Jacobsen is Associate Professor and former Chair of Philosophy at Wilfrid Laurier University. He has published essays in the philosophy of language and mind, Wittgenstein, the philosophy of sexuality, and in theoretical and applied ethics.