ABSTRACT

The surge of philosophical interest in episodic memory has brought to light a number of controversial questions about this form of memory that have only recently begun to be addressed in detail. This book organises discussion around six such questions, offering two new chapters per question, from experts in the field. The questions are:

I. What is the relationship between memory and imagination?
II. Do memory traces have content?
III. What is the nature of mnemonic confabulation?
IV. What is the function of episodic memory?
V. Do non-human animals have episodic memory?
VI. Does episodic memory give us knowledge of the past?

The book constitutes a valuable resource for researchers, teachers, and students alike. For researchers, it provides an up-to-date discussion of some of the main theories, arguments, and problems in the area. For teachers, the book can supply the readings for an entire course, or particular sections can provide the readings for specific units within a broader philosophy of memory course. For students, the book offers accessible discussions of some of the most recent topics in the philosophy of memory, which, when taken together, serve as a well-rounded introduction to the area.

chapter |16 pages

Current controversies in philosophy of memory

Editors' introduction
ByAndré Sant’Anna, Christopher Jude McCarroll, Kourken Michaelian

part Part I|42 pages

What is the relationship between memory and imagination?

chapter 1|19 pages

Remembering, imagining, and memory traces

Toward a continuist causal theory
ByPeter Langland-Hassan

chapter 2|19 pages

The relation between memory and imagination

A debate about the right concepts
ByCésar Schirmer dos Santos, Christopher Jude McCarroll, André Sant’Anna

part Part II|48 pages

Do memory traces have content?

chapter 3|21 pages

Remembering without a trace?

Moving beyond trace minimalism
ByDaniel D. Hutto

chapter 4|23 pages

Distributed traces and the causal theory of constructive memory

ByJohn Sutton, Gerard O’Brien

part Part III|40 pages

What is the nature of mnemonic confabulation?

chapter 5|18 pages

An explanationist model of (false) memory

BySven Bernecker

chapter 6|18 pages

Towards a virtue-theoretic account of confabulation

ByKourken Michaelian

part Part IV|40 pages

What is the function of episodic memory?

chapter 7|17 pages

Episodic memory

And what is it for?
ByJohannes B. Mahr

chapter 8|19 pages

Episodic memory is not for the future

BySarah K. Robins

part Part V|38 pages

Do non-human animals have episodic memory?

chapter 9|17 pages

Episodic memory in animals

Optimism, kind scepticism and pluralism
ByAlexandria Boyle

chapter 10|17 pages

What does it take to remember episodically?

ByNazım Keven

part Part VI|36 pages

Does episodic memory give us knowledge of the past?

chapter 11|17 pages

The epistemology of episodic memory

ByThomas D. Senor

chapter 12|15 pages

You don't know what happened

ByMatthew Frise