New Directions in the Philosophy of Memory

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Kourken Michaelian, Dorothea Debus, Denis Perrin
Routledge, Apr 27, 2018 - Philosophy - 354 pages

Although philosophers have explored memory since antiquity, recent years have seen the birth of philosophy of memory as a distinct field. This book—the first of its kind—charts emerging directions of research in the field. The book’s seventeen newly commissioned chapters develop novel theories of remembering and forgetting, analyze the phenomenology and content of memory, debate issues in the ethics and epistemology of remembering, and explore the relationship between memory and affectivity. Written by leading researchers in the philosophy of memory, the chapters collectively present an exciting vision of the future of this dynamic area of research.


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Editors Introduction
A Case for Procedural Causality in Episodic Recollection
The Functional Character of Memory
Remembering as a Mental Action
Radically Enactive Recollecting
Activity Passivity and the Epistemological Role
Painful Memories
Memory Attention and Joint Reminiscing
On the Blameworthiness of Forgetting
Consent Without Memory
Understanding the Content of Episodic Memory
Mental Time Travel in Episodic Recollection
Episodic Memory Semantic Memory

Varieties of Psychological

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About the author (2018)

Kourken Michaelian is a senior lecturer at the University of Otago. He is the author of Mental Time Travel: Episodic Memory and Our Knowledge of the Personal Past (MIT 2016) and coeditor of Seeing the Future: Theoretical Perspectives on Future-Oriented Mental Time Travel (2016), and The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Memory (2017).

Dorothea Debus teaches philosophy at the University of York. She has written on philosophical questions relating to the phenomena of memory, the imagination, attention, and emotions; her current research project ("Shaping Our Mental Lives") investigates our active involvement with our own mental lives.

Denis Perrin is the author of Qu’est-ce que se souvenir? (2012), the editor of a special issue "Episodic memory" of the Review of Philosophy and Psychology (2014), and the author of several papers on episodic memory and mental time travel.

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