Nothingness and the Forgotten: A Post-human thought experiment

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Abstract

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.
Translated title of the contributionIntethed og det glemte: Et posthumant tankeeksperiment
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNothingness : philosophical insights into psychology
EditorsJytte Bang, Ditte Winther-Lindquist
Number of pages23
Place of PublicationBrunswick, New Jersey
PublisherTransaction Publishers
Publication date2016
Pages119-142
Chapter8
ISBN (Print)978-1-4128-6271-4
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4128-6221-9
Publication statusPublished - 2016
SeriesHistory and Theory of Psychology

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