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The Axiological Memory

Nicolae Râmbu

This book represents an attempt to explain the manner in which values are attached to memory. The author examines that when the fundamental values of a civilisation are attached to the individual’s memory, they can never be forgotten or erased, irrespective of how violent or subtle the means used for this purpose might be. The essay investigates why some people who have been educated in a foreign culture and who are, well-integrated, suddenly return to the fundamental values of their culture of origin and, in some cases, they violently turn against their foster civilization.

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1 Friedrich Nietzsche’s concept of axiological memory

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1 Friedrich Nietzsche’s concept of axiological memory

The concept of axiological memory appears rarely in the literature and with an imprecise meaning. Through our contribution, we hope to more specifically define this concept and make it functional so as to be used effectively for research in the cultural sciences. When it comes to memory, the question is how long its contents are kept and what are the factors favouring or determining its erasure. Both in common speech and scientific discourse, memory is correlated with remembering and forgetting. When are the contents of axiological memory forgotten? Never! This is our answer. More specifically, our thesis on the relationship between axiological memory and forgetfulness is that, in any type of cultural memory, both forgetfulness and the intentional deletion of some elements are not only possible, but also necessary, as we argue in this essay on Nietzsche. Actually, axiological memory has nothing to do with forgetfulness. On the contrary, once one’s values are set into the memory, they remain there forever, no matter how hard it may be for us to admit.

1 What are values?

To outline our theory of axiological memory, we must first answer the question, ‘what is a value?’ Our research has as its object the faculty of keeping in mind certain values, together with all the related events of this process; however, it is impossible to accurately define a value. Axiological memory differs from other forms of individual and collective memory,...

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