The Phenomenology of Forgetting in Late Modern Culture.A Study of Kierkegaard's “Rotation of Crops” and Nietzsche's “On the Use and Abuse of History for Life"

This paper explores the main conceptualizations of forgetting in late modern philosophy and culture with a focus on those spaces of intersection between seemingly contradictory approaches. The first part will review and detail some of the main definitions of forgetting which informed late modern philosophy and literature, while the second part of this paper will focus on the fundamental definitions of forgetting formulated in the works of Friedrich Nietzsche and Søren Kierkegaard because their interpretations were pivotal in the formulation of late modern as well as postmodern aesthetic. This study is part of the postdoctoral research I am conducting on the hermeneutics of forgetting in late modernity and postmodernity. My aim is to explore and bring to light the whole gamut definitions and interpretations of the notion of forgetting in an attempt to formulate a possible aesthetics of forgetting, as well as a catalogue of the imaginary figures of this concept.