Histcon.se Time, Memory and Representation Tid, Minne, Representation

A Multidisciplinary Program on Transformations in Historical Consciousness

Ett mångdisciplinärt forskningsprogram om historiemedvetandets förvandlingar

Hans Ruin

Professor, Director

Biography

B. 1961. Professor, Philosophy, Södertörn University. PhD in theoretical philosophy from Stockholm University in 1994 with dissertation Enigmatic Origins: Tracing the Theme of Historicity Through Heidegger’s Works. Has published extensively in the field of phenomenology and hermeneutic theory. Co-founder and board member of the Nordic Society for Phenomenology. Co-editor for Nietzsche´s Collected Works in Swedish. Member of the editorial Board of Jahrbuch für Hermeneutische Philosophie, Nietzsche Studien, Sats and Comparative Continental Philosophy. Co-Editor for Södertörn Philosophical Studies. Hans Ruin is Director for the Program.
Contact: hans.ruin@sh.se

B. 1961. Professor, Philosophy, Södertörn University. PhD in theoretical philosophy from Stockholm University in 1994 with dissertation Enigmatic Origins: Tracing the Theme of Historicity Through Heidegger’s Works. Has published extensively in the field of phenomenology and hermeneutic theory. Co-founder and board member of the Nordic Society for Phenomenology. Co-editor for Nietzsche´s Collected Works in Swedish. Member of the editorial Board of Jahrbuch für Hermeneutische PhilosophieNietzsche Studien, Sats and Comparative Continental Philosophy. Co-Editor for Södertörn Philosophical Studies. Hans Ruin is Director for the Program.

Contact: hans.ruin@sh.se

Ongoing research

Hans Ruin’s research is concerned with the philosophical-phenomenological and psychological foundations for historical consciousness from the viewpoint of the culture of death. Using resources from existential ontology, psychoanalysis, sociology, and cultural memory studies he focuses on the meaning and implications of burial practices and in more general terms the culture of the dead, including ancestral worship, and rituals of tradition.

In his theory of human historicity in Being and Time, Heidegger (1927) indicated that the historical as such (the historical artefact or event) is essentially connected to a shared world no longer there, to those “once-having-been”, in other words to the dead. This opens the question of history as a way of being-with-the-dead, a category that Heidegger never really elaborates.

In his essay Spectres of Marx (1992) Derrida introduced the category of the “spectral” as a phenomenological term for designating a middle ground between the living and the dead. In a series of papers and a forthcoming book Ruin elaborates this problematic in the direction of a more general phenomenological exploration of the ontology and ethics of survival. History and historical consciousness is then conceptualized as a “space” where the dead continue to “live” in the form of a “demand” on the living.

Selected bibliography

Frihet, ändlighet, historicitet. Essäer om Heideggers filosofi (Stockholm: Ersatz 2013)

”Circumscising the Word: Derrida as Reader of Paul”, in Paul in the Grip of Philosophers ed. P. Frick (Acumen Books, 2013), pp. 71-93.

”Narrating Identity: Stories of who we are”, in Bernt Henningsen ed. Perspectives on Identity (Baltic Development Forum 2013): 16-21.

”Att skapa ett forskningsprogram om Tid och Minne”, Kulturella Perspektiv 1 (2012): 56-60.

(with J. Redin) ”Aleida Assmann and the Field of Cultural Memory Studies”, in Assmann, Aleida, Impact and Resonance – Towards a Theory of Emotions in Cultural Memory (Stockholm: Södertörn Lecture Series 6, 2012): 7-11.

”Thinking in Ruins: Life, Death, and Destruction in Heidegger’s Early Writings”, Comparative and Continental Philosophy 4.1 (2012): 15-33

”Minnets sarkofag”, i 10tal nr 8/9 (2012): 34-39

"Spektral fenomenologi: om historien och de döda hos Derrida och Heidegger”, i Tid för Europa, red. J. Wittrock (Göteborg: Daidalos, 2012): 193-222.

”Technology as Destiny, in Heidegger and Cassirer”, in Hoe ed. Cassirer on Form and Technology (London: Palgrave, 2012): 133-156

Rethinking Time: Essays on History, Memory and Representation, ed with A. Ers, (Stockholm, Södertörn Philosophical Studies, 2011)

Ambiguity of the Sacred. Phenomenology, Politics, Aesthetics, ed. with J. Bornemark (Stockholm: Södertörn Philosophical Studies 12, 2011)

The Past´s Presence. Essays on the Historicity of Philosophical Thought, ed. with M. Sá Cavalcante (Stockholm: Södertörn Philosophical Studies 3, 2006)

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