1st Edition

Philosophical Perspectives on Memory and Imagination

Edited By Anja Berninger, Íngrid Vendrell Ferran Copyright 2023
    320 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    320 Pages 2 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book explores the structure and function of memory and imagination, as well as the relation and interaction between the two states. It is the first book to offer an integrative approach to these two emerging areas of philosophical research.

    The essays in this volume deal with a variety of forms of imagining and remembering. The contributors come from a range of methodological backgrounds: empirically minded philosophers, analytic philosophers engaging mainly in conceptual analysis, and philosophers informed by the phenomenological tradition. Part 1 consists of novel contributions to ontological issues regarding the nature of memory and imagination and their respective structural features. Part 2 focuses on questions of justification and perspective regarding both states. The chapters in Part 3 discuss issues regarding memory and imagination as skills or abilities. Finally, Part 4 focuses on the relation between memory, imagination, and emotion.

    Philosophical Perspectives on Memory and Imagination will be of interest to scholars and advanced students working in philosophy of memory, philosophy of imagination, philosophy of mind, and epistemology.

    Introduction Anja Berninger and Íngrid Vendrell Ferran

    Part 1: Memory and Imagination: Ontological Questions

    1. Remembering and Imagining: The Attitudinal Continuity Peter Langland-Hassan

    2. Memory and Imagination, Minds and Worlds Christopher Jude McCarroll

    3. Imagining the Actual vs. Possible Future: An Argument for Discontinuism of Collective Mental Time Travel Alma K. Barner

    4. If Remembering Is Imagining, Then What Is Forgetting? Kourken Michaelian

    5. Relationism about Memory? Paul Noordhof

    Part 2: Memory, Imagination, Justification, and Perspective

    6. On the Putative Epistemic Generativity of Memory and Imagination Kengo Miyazono and Uku Tooming

    7. Imagining in Remembering from the Outside Margherita Arcangeli

    8. Constructing a Wider View on Memory: Beyond the Dichotomy of Field and Observer Perspectives Anco Peeters, Erica Cosentino, and Markus Werning

    Part 3: Memory, Imagination, Skills, and Abilities

    9. Memory, Imagination, and Skill Amy Kind

    10. Remembering and Imagining as Agential Powers Robert Hopkins

    11. The Method of Loci and the Role of Constructive Imagination in Remembering Sarah Robins

    Part 4: Memory, Imagination, and Emotion

    12. Imagine What It Feels Like Íngrid Vendrell Ferran

    13. A Family-Resemblance Approach to Nostalgia Anja Berninger

    14. Affective Selves, Streams of Consciousness, and Mental Time Travels Fabrice Teroni


    Anja Berninger is a Researcher in philosophy at the University of Göttingen, Germany. Her research focuses on the philosophy of mind and social philosophy with a special emphasis on empathy, emotions, and memory.

    Íngrid Vendrell Ferran is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Marburg, Germany. Her research is in the areas of philosophy of mind, phenomenology, epistemology, and aesthetics.