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Douwe Draaisma

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780300207286

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300207286.001.0001

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The Art of Forgetting

The Art of Forgetting

(p.238) Chapter Thirteen The Art of Forgetting

Douwe Draaisma

, Liz Waters
Yale University Press

This chapter describes the falling out between philosopher Immanuel Kant and his faithful manservant Martin Lampe, and the deterioration of Kant's memory in the final years of his life. It also presents a reading of Dutch cartoonist Marten Toonder's “The Little Book of Forgetting,” which contains a brief philosophy of forgetting. Toonder enjoyed beautiful experiences only if he could share them with loved ones. What he went through on his own left him unmoved and easily slipped out of his memory again. He believed that the most beautiful memories were shared memories, and it is precisely those memories that feel like a burden because the person he shared them with was no longer there.

Keywords:   human memory, forgetting, Immanuel Kant, Martin Lampe, Marten Toonder, The Little Book of Forgetting, shared memories

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