Seminar

Nietzsche's Critique of the Writing of History and Praise of Active Forgetfulness

Seminar
Nietzsche's Critique of the Writing of History and Praise of Active Forgetfulness

Speaker: Zeynep Talay Turner

Nietzsche has placed the question of ‘How to live one’s life?’ at the basis of his philosophy. Because one of the reasons behind the social and individual crisis in his time was the loss of the critical point of view that would allow the posing of this very question. What should be done? How could the crisis be overcome? Be it on a social or an individual level, the relationship with the past must be re-established, but this time through a critical approach. Such a relationship would relieve the past from being a burden, and present us new possibilities. As Nietzsche contemplates these questions, he particularly focuses on the relationship between forgetting and remembering (On the Genealogy of Morality). He considers ‘active forgetfulness’ both as a form of forgetting and, paradoxically, as a means of taking absolute responsibility for our past actions and deeds.

Zeynep Talay Turner, completed her master’s degree in Philosophy at Warwick University and went on to obtain for her PhD in philosophy from the Polish Academy of Sciences (2013). Her doctoral thesis was on the experience of modernity and the concept of the self in Nietzsche, Musil and Atay. This thesis was subsequently published as a book titled Philosophy, Literature, and the Dissolution of the Subject: Nietzsche, Musil, Atay (Peter Lang, 2014). Talay Turner’s research revolves around philosophies of the self, continental philosophy of nineteenth and twentieth century, and the relationship between philosophy and literature, and she has published on Nietzsche, Spinoza, Bergson, and Musil. Zeynep Talay Turner is currently giving lectures on philosophy at the Philosophy and Social Thought Master of Arts Program at Istanbul Bilgi University, and is the director of the Cultural Studies Master of Arts Program.

The event is free of charge. Invitations available from the Akbank Sanat ticket office on the event day, one hour before the event begins. 

16 January 2020 Thursday 18:30

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