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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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2 The axiological memory in Immanuel Kant’s, Friedrich Schiller’s and Arthur Schopenhauer’s view

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2 The axiological memory in Immanuel Kant’s, Friedrich Schiller’s and Arthur Schopenhauer’s view

Illustrating the concept of “axiological memory” by quoting excerpts from the works of authors such as Immanuel Kant or Arthur Schopenhauer may seem like an adventurous task since the phrase is recent and is used in a rather metaphorical manner in some contexts. The concept, however, usually precedes the term or the linguistic expression created to designate it, as stated by Reinhart Koselleck in his book, Concepts – Their History. The concept of axiological memory refers to a reality, which manifested itself a long time before finding its appropriate linguistic expression. In other words, any process of civilisation included a component responsible for attaching a particular set of specific values not only to the personal memory, but also to the collective memory. By making use of a less rigorous or sometimes even a confusing language, Immanuel Kant, particularly in his work Critique of Judgement, makes important remarks regarding the manner in which the values promoted by a particular civilisation are memorised.

1 The aesthetic ideas as values

Every thinker who discovers a new spiritual content is faced with the problem of learning how to communicate it. In other words, a knowledge revolution, such as Kant’s philosophy, raises major language-related difficulties. Generally, there are two approaches that have been adopted to overcome such language-related difficulties. First of all, the coinage of new terms and, secondly, the assignment of new meanings to particular words...

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