1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Memory

Edited By Sven Bernecker, Kourken Michaelian Copyright 2017
    612 Pages
    by Routledge

    612 Pages
    by Routledge

    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.

    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.



    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