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Philosophia

, Volume 34, Issue 4, pp 477–481 | Cite as

McNally, Richard J.: Remembering Trauma

Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2003 (420pp.)
  • Gary Jason
Book Review
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Over the last decade, few psychological topics have attracted as much attention as how and how extensively people remember trauma. Besides its intrinsic importance in both psychology and philosophy, it has practical ramifications in both the therapeutic and the political realms. We are fortunate that Richard McNally has produced a fine, thorough survey of what has been learned on this subject in recent years.

McNally starts with a discussion of why the topic of trauma memory so politics politically charged. Traumatic memory is tied to the sexual politics of the twentieth century, especially in the last decade with the rise of recovered memory therapy (in which patients, mainly women, suddenly remember childhood sexual abuse during therapy). Here, you have a maelstrom of ancillary issues, such as the rise in diagnoses of Multiple Personality Disorder, the formation of False Memory Syndrome foundations around the world, not to mention the lawsuits directed at parents by patients who have...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.PhilosophyCalifornia State University, FullertonSan ClementeUSA

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