Making time for memory: A transcendental approach

The storage view of memory is criticized by this paper. Given that this viewpoint assumes that memory emerges when such physical traces are electrically stimulated in the brain, the paper notes that this account gives no good philosophical account of how past events are able to arise from purely present brain activity. It argues that such an explanation of memory would make any contact with the real past impossible. Attributing the difficulties of the storage hypothesis to its underlying linear view of time , the paper proposes an alternative immanent view based on the phenomenological writings of E. Straus, E. Husserl, M. Merleau-Ponty, and M. Heidegger. In this vein it proposes a transcendental account of remembering to overcome the logical and philosophical contradictions contained in the more traditional theories of the same. Implications for future memory research is drawn following this phenomenological-transcendental perspective. 2012 APA, all rights reserved)
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