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From Memory of Things to the Remembrance of The Thing

Dr. Dror Pimentel
Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design Jerusalem


From Memory of Things to the Remembrance of The Thing

Wednesday 15.5. 5:00 PM

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Following Derrida’s remarks on Plato’s division, in the ‘Fable of Writing’ (Phaedros), between false memory (hypomnesis) and true memory (mneme), the talk aims at differentiating between two functions of memory: on the one hand, memory as an archive of data and facts, as done in digital media for example. On the other hand, memory of real, significant, often traumatic events, which shape our lives, and, as such, elude the archive while resurfacing in a spectral fashion.


Dr. Dror Pimentel teaches at the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem. His publications include: ‘The Dream of Purity: Heidegger with Derrida’ (Magnes Press, 2009 [Hebrew]); ‘Aesthetics’ (Bialik Institute, 2014 [Hebrew]), ‘Heidegger With Derrida: Being Written’ (Palgrave Macmillan NY, 2019), and articles in: Iyyun: The Jerusalem Philosophical Quarterly; Heidegger Studies; British Journal of Aesthetics and Phenomenology; Performance Philosophy Journal, among others. He recently translated to Hebrew Heidegger’s Letter on ‘Humanism’ (Magnes Press, 2018).