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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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Forgetting

Forgetting

An Introduction

Chapter:
(p.1) Forgetting
Source:
Forgetting
Author(s):

Douwe Draaisma

, Liz Waters
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300207286.003.0014

This introductory chapter begins with a brief discussion of the use of metaphors when contemplating memory. Plato, for instance, imagined memory as a wax tablet on which our experiences are inscribed, while other metaphors make the memory a storeroom, either for information, like a library or archive, or for goods, like a wine cellar or warehouse. The chapter then describes the author's considerations in selecting the kinds of forgetting to include in the present volume. The most important goal in making these selections is to show that the study of forgetting confirms what we hope or fear about our memories, namely that they have a disturbing ability to change.

Keywords:   human memory, forgetting, memories, metaphor

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