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The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Memory

ISBN 9780367370572
Published September 11, 2019 by Routledge
612 Pages

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Book Description

Memory occupies a fundamental place in philosophy, playing a central role not only in the history of philosophy but also in philosophy of mind, epistemology, and ethics. Yet the philosophy of memory has only recently emerged as an area of study and research in its own right.

The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Memory is an outstanding reference source on the key topics, problems, and debates in this exciting area, and is the first philosophical collection of its kind. The forty-eight chapters are written by an international team of contributors, and divided into nine parts:

  • The nature of memory
  • The metaphysics of memory
  • Memory, mind, and meaning
  • Memory and the self
  • Memory and time
  • The social dimension of memory
  • The epistemology of memory
  • Memory and morality
  • History of philosophy of memory.

Within these sections, central topics and problems are examined, including: truth, consciousness, imagination, emotion, self-knowledge, narrative, personal identity, time, collective and social memory, internalism and externalism, and the ethics of memory. The final part examines figures in the history of philosophy, including Aristotle, Augustine, Freud, Bergson, Wittgenstein, and Heidegger, as well as perspectives on memory in Indian and Chinese philosophy.

Essential reading for students and researchers in philosophy, particularly philosophy of mind and psychology, the Handbook will also be of interest to those in related fields, such as psychology and anthropology.

Table of Contents

Editors’ Introduction: The philosophy of memory today Sven Bernecker and Kourken Michaelian

Part 1: The Nature of Memory

1. Taxonomy and Unity of Memory Markus Werning and Sen Cheng

2. The Phenomenology of Memory Fabrice Teroni

3. Memory and Levels of Scientific Explanation John Bickle


Part 2: The Metaphysics of Memory

4. Memory and Truth Sven Bernecker

5. Memory Causation Dorothea Debus

6. Memory Traces Sarah Robins

7. The Intentional Objects of Memory Jordi Fernandez


Part 3: Memory, Mind, and Meaning

8. Memory and Consciousness Paula Droege

9. Memory and Perspective

Christopher McCarroll and John Sutton

10. Memory and Imagination Felipe De Brigard

11. Memory Images Elizabeth Irvine

12. Memory and Emotion Ronald de Sousa


Part 4: Memory and the Self

13. Memory and Personal Identity Shaun Nichols

14. Memory and Self-Consciousness José Luis Bermúdez

15. Memory and Narrativity Daniel Hutto


Part 5: Memory and Time

16. Memory and the Concept of Time Christoph Hoerl

17. Memory and the Metaphysics of TimeRobin Le Poidevin

18. Memory as Mental Time Travel Denis Perrin and Kourken Michaelian


Part 6: The Social Dimension of Memory

19. Extended Memory Robert Clowes

20. Collective Memory Jeffrey Andrew Barash

21. Memory and social identity Robyn Fivush and Matthew Graci


Part 7: The Epistemology of Memory

22. Internalism and Externalism Brent J.C. Madison

23. Foundationalism Berit Brogaard

24. Coherentism Erik J. Olsson

25. Preservation and Generation Thomas D. Senor

26. Skepticism and Memory Andrew Moon


Part 8: Memory and Morality

27. A Duty to Remember Jeffrey Blustein

28. An Obligation to Forget David Matheson

29. The Ethics of Memory Modification S. Matthew Liao


Part 9: History of Philosophy of Memory

30. Plato Sophie-Grace Chappell

31. Aristotle Sophie-Grace Chappell

32. Classical Indian Philosophy Jonardon Ganeri

33. Indian Buddhist Philosophy Monima Chadha

34. Chinese Buddhist Philosophy Chung-Ying Cheng

35. Augustine Lilianne Manning

36. Avicenna and Averroes Deborah L. Black

37. Thomas Aquinas John O’Callaghan

38. John Locke and Thomas Reid Rebecca Copenhaver

39. David Hume Daniel E. Flage

40. G.W.F Hegel Valentina Ricci

41. Sigmund Freud and Jacques Lacan Martin Schwab

42. Henri Bergson Trevor Perri

43. Bertrand Russell Paulo Faria

44. Maurice Halbwachs Dmitri Nikulin

45. Frederic Bartlett Brady Wagoner

46. Ludwig Wittgenstein Andy Hamilton

47. Martin Heidegger Taylor Carman

48. Paul Ricoeur Alexandre Dessingue.


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Sven Bernecker is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Cologne, Germany and the University of California, Irvine, USA. He is the author of Reading Epistemology (2006), The Metaphysics of Memory (2008), and Memory: A Philosophical Study (2010) and is co-editor with Duncan Pritchard of The Routledge Companion to Epistemology (2011).

Kourken Michaelian is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Otago, New Zealand. He is the author of Mental Time Travel: Episodic Memory and Our Knowledge of the Personal Past (2016) and is co-editor with Stanley B. Klein and Karl K. Szpunar of Seeing the Future: Theoretical Perspectives on Future-Oriented Mental Time Travel (2016).


"This is a stunningly comprehensive collection on memory, by a well-balanced mix of established experts and sharp young thinkers. Anyone seeking a way into the bourgeoning field of the philosophy of memory should begin by reading this book. The editors have given a wonderfully accessible, stimulating, and well-organized gift not only to philosophers but also to a wide range of readers from cognate areas." - Rob Rupert, University of Colorado at Boulder, USA

"In its marvellous 48 chapters, this collection shows the centrality of memory to the philosophy of mind, as well as to epistemology, metaphysics, and ethics. Importantly, it is not only philosophers who have taken up foundational questions about the nature of memory and its relationship to narrative, social identity, and technological interventions, but psychologists, historians, and social scientists, and each will savour their own favourite parts of this volume." - Robert A. Wilson, La Trobe University, Australia