Situated authenticity in episodic memory

Synthese 202 (3):1-21 (2023)
  Copy   BIBTEX

Abstract

A recalled memory is deemed authentic when it accurately represents how one experienced the original event. However, given the convincing research in cognitive science on the constructive nature of memory, this inevitably leads to the question of the ‘bounds of authenticity’. That is, how similar does a memory have to be to the original experience to still count as authentic? In this paper we propose a novel account of ‘Situated Authenticity’ which highlights that the norms of authenticity are context-dependent. In particular, we show that each of the three core functions of episodic memory (self, social and directive) is correlated with patterned changes in levels of conceptualization (e.g., concrete construal versus abstract construal of the event). We support this theoretical account with existing empirical data. We conclude the paper by showing how our account of Situated Authenticity supplements ongoing discussions on memory contextualism, and providing an outline of how our account, which is currently elaborated targeting a phenomenological level, may also be elaborated on a processing level using the concept of representational format.

Links

PhilArchive



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 93,296

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

Visual Memory and the Bounds of Authenticity.Sven Bernecker - 2015 - In Danièle Moyal-Sharrock, Volker Munz & Annalisa Coliva (eds.), Mind, Language and Action: Proceedings of the 36th International Wittgenstein Symposium. Boston: De Gruyter. pp. 445-464.
Memory identification and its failures.Fabrice Teroni - 2024 - Philosophy and the Mind Sciences 5.

Analytics

Added to PP
2023-09-07

Downloads
19 (#825,863)

6 months
8 (#415,230)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Author Profiles

Roy Dings
Radboud University
Albert Newen
Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Christopher Jude McCarroll
National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University

Citations of this work

No citations found.

Add more citations

References found in this work

No references found.

Add more references