Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal 28 (4):377-410 (2019)

Alison Reiheld
Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
In this investigation, I focus on individual memory behaviors for which we commonly blame and praise each other. Alas, we too often do so unreflectively. Blame and praise should not be undertaken lightly or without a good grasp on both what we are holding people responsible for, and the conditions under which they can be held responsible. I lay out the constructivist view of memory with consideration for both remembering and forgetting, and special attention to how we remember events as well as whether we remember them. I generate seven defeasible generalized moral rules that should govern individual memory behaviors including remembering our own past wrongs, holding grudges, and creating positive as well as negative memories. By such means may we all remember and forget rightly and not for ill.
Keywords memory  remembering  ethics  grudge  forget  rules
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DOI 10.1353/ken.2018.0023
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