Nothingness and the Forgotten: A Post-human thought experiment

Bidragets oversatte titel: Intethed og det glemte: Et posthumant tankeeksperiment

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This chapter takes an onset in forgetting and applies Karen Barad’s agential realism to the phenomenon. The question here is neither about retrieval problems, as forgetting is coined in cognitive science, nor is it about psychoanalytical concepts of repression. Rather, this chapter conducts a thought experiment to conceptualise the phenomenon of forgetting. I argue that the thing forgotten exists in an indeterminate, in-determinate state, and as such in a state of nothingness before it is remembered that it was forgotten. Turning cause and effect upside-down, the phenomenon of remembering the forgotten, makes both subjectivity and the forgotten emerge as a measurement in a discursive-material apparatus, and makes proposals for workable concepts for nothingness, as well as for distributed subjectivity.
Bidragets oversatte titelIntethed og det glemte: Et posthumant tankeeksperiment
TitelNothingness : philosophical insights into psychology
RedaktørerJytte Bang, Ditte Winther-Lindquist
Antal sider23
UdgivelsesstedBrunswick, New Jersey
ForlagTransaction Publishers
ISBN (Trykt)978-1-4128-6271-4
ISBN (Elektronisk)978-1-4128-6221-9
StatusUdgivet - 2016
NavnHistory and Theory of Psychology


  • nothingness
  • memory
  • forgetting
  • agential realism
  • Barad
  • travel card
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  • post humanism

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