History and Narrative Identity: Religious Dissent and the Politics of Memory in Eighteenth-Century England

  title={History and Narrative Identity: Religious Dissent and the Politics of Memory in Eighteenth-Century England},
  author={John Seed},
  journal={Journal of British Studies},
  pages={46 - 63}
  • John Seed
  • Published 1 January 2005
  • Art, Philosophy
  • Journal of British Studies
W Paul Ricoeur asks in his great trilogy, Time and Narrative, is the basis for the permanence of the proper name that designates an individual or a group? The response to this question, he argues, is condemned to an antinomy with no solution. Either the subject has to possess some fundamental sameness through time, despite apparent change; or, and here he cites Hume and Nietzsche, there is no such permanence: there is in reality no identical subject moving through time that the proper name… 
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