This paper aims to show how Ricœur’s inquiry on memory, trace, and testimony contributes to rebalance a framework that, at the level of the dialectic between imagination and representation, would essentially present Historian’s work as a hermeneutical work. In Ricœur’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 the fidelity of memory nor the epistemic truth of history 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 own experiences. Consequently, the reality of the past itself reemerges as the corollary of the practice of memory.

L’imagination apprivoisée: représentation et factualité dans la connaissance historique

Lecis, Pier Luigi
Primo
Investigation
;
Busacchi, Vinicio
Co-primo
Investigation
2017

Abstract

This paper aims to show how Ricœur’s inquiry on memory, trace, and testimony contributes to rebalance a framework that, at the level of the dialectic between imagination and representation, would essentially present Historian’s work as a hermeneutical work. In Ricœur’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 the fidelity of memory nor the epistemic truth of history 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 own experiences. Consequently, the reality of the past itself reemerges as the corollary of the practice of memory.
Cet article se propose de montrer de quelle façon l’enquête ricœurienne contribue, autour de la question de la mémoire, de la trace, du témoignage, à rééquilibrer un cadre qui présenterait, au niveau du binôme imagination-représentation, le travail de l’historien comme un travail essentiellement de type herméneutique. Dans une époque de maturité de Ricœur nous trouvons une perspective orientée différemment en visant le substrait neurobiologique et psychologique derrière la mémoire et la trace. La représentation précède l’interprétation. Et, ni la fidélité de la mémoire, ni la vérité épistémique de l’histoire n’appartiennent à un jeu qui se jouerait uniquement dans l’espace de rencontre communicative entre une pluralité d’agents cognitifs échangeant, contrôlant, et partageant leurs propres expériences entre eux. Par conséquent, la réalité du passé elle-même réémerge comme le corollaire de la pratique de (la) mémoire.
realism; memory; imagination; trace; testimony
réalisme; mémoire; imagination; trace; témoignage
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