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This is the introductory chapter of the book which investigates the notion of involuntary memory and shows how a memory of this sort can be classified as a privileged moment. It explores the ethical and epistemological implications of both involuntary memory and the wider category of the privileged moment of which involuntary memories form a subset. As is becoming clear, these two sets of implications are closely linked. Both felt knowledge and courageous vulnerability are treated as epistemological issues, but the notion of courageous vulnerability is used primarily to express the ethical attitude required to successfully deal with felt knowledge. It needs to be emphasized at the outset of this discussion that the author is investigating a very particular kind of knowledge which does not fit the traditional epistemological mold but which is a part of human knowledge nonetheless.

Keywords: epistemological issues; human knowledge; involuntary memory



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