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.
Table of Contents
The philosophy of memory today and tomorrow: Editors' introduction Kourken Michaelian, Dorothea Debus, and Denis Perrin Part I: Challenges and alternatives to the causal theory of memory 1 Beyond the causal theory? Fifty years after Martin and Deutscher Kourken Michaelian and Sarah K. Robins 2 A case for procedural causality in episodic recollection Denis Perrin 3 The functional character of memory Jordi Fernández Part II: Activity and passivity in remembering 4 Remembering as a mental action Santiago Arango-Muñoz and Juan Pablo Bermúdez 5 The roots of remembering: Radically enactive recollecting Daniel D. Hutto and Anco Peeters 6 Handle with care: Activity, passivity, and the epistemological role of recollective memories Dorothea Debus Part III: The affective dimension of memory 7 Affective memory: A little help from our imagination Margherita Arcangeli and Jérôme Dokic 8 Painful memories Philip Gerrans Part IV: Memory in groups 9 Shared remembering and distributed affect: Varieties of psychological interdependence John Sutton 10 Memory, attention, and joint reminiscing Felipe De Brigard Part V: Memory failures: Concepts and ethical implications 11 Forgetting Matthew Frise 12 On the blameworthiness of forgetting Sven Bernecker 13 Consent without memory Carl F. Craver and R. Shayna Rosenbaum Part VI: The content and phenomenology of episodic and semantic memory 14 The remembered: Understanding the content of episodic memory Mark Rowlands 15 The past made present: Mental time travel in episodic recollection Matthew Soteriou 16 Remembering past experiences: Episodic memory, semantic memory, and the epistemic asymmetry Christoph Hoerl 17 On seeming to remember Fabrice Teroni
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.