Filozofija I Društvo 30 (2):257-269 (2019)
AbstractThe paper deals with a perspective of Christian philosophy on artificial memory erasuse for psychotherapeutic purposes. Its central question is whether a safe and reliable technology of memory erasure, once it is available, would be acceptable from a Christian ethics point of view. The main facet of this question is related to the Christian ethics requirement of contrition for the past wrongs, which in the case of memory erasure of particulary troubling experiences and personal choices would not be possible. The paper argues that there are limits to the ethical significance of contrition in the writings of the leading Christian fathers on the theme, where excessive suffering and inability to forgive oneself for one’s actions is an impediment to the achivement of tranquility of mind and spiritual redemption, rather than a prerequisite for it. The paper thus concludes that there is no hindrance in principle from the Christian ethics point of view to pursuing a voluntary and selective memory erasure as a psychotherapeutic technique once a fully adequate technology is available.
Similar books and articles
Clarifying the debate over therapeutic forgetting.Adam Kolber - 2007 - American Journal of Bioethics 7 (9):25 – 27.
Changing One’s Mind. The Ethics of Memory Erasure in Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.Levy Neil - unknown
Jesus the Jew in Christian Memory: Theological and Philosophical Explorations.Barbara U. Meyer - 2020 - Cambridge University Press.
Children’s suggestion-induced omission errors are not caused by memory erasure.Henry Otgaar, Ewout H. Meijer, Timo Giesbrecht, Tom Smeets, Ingrid Candel & Harald Merckelbach - 2010 - Consciousness and Cognition 19 (1):265-269.
Observer perspective and acentred memory: some puzzles about point of view in personal memory.John Sutton - 2010 - Philosophical Studies 148 (1):27-37.
The Body as a Medium of Memory.Christian Steineck - 2006 - In Jo Alyson Parker, Michael Crawford & Paul Harris (eds.), Time and Memory. Brill. pp. 41--52.
Commentary “Reinstatement of long-term memory following erasure of its behavioral and synaptic expression in Aplysia”.Patrick C. Trettenbrein - 2015 - Frontiers in Psychology 6.
Remembering past experiences: episodic memory, semantic memory and the epistemic asymmetry.Christoph Hoerl - 2018 - In Kourken Michaelian, Dorothea Debus & Denis Perrin (eds.), New Directions in the Philosophy of Memory. Routledge. pp. 313-328.
How Memory Shapes Narratives a Philosophical Essay on Redeeming the Past.Theodore Plantinga - 1992 - Edwin Mellen Press.
Erasure of the past: How failure to remember can be a morally blameworthy act.Alison Reiheld - 2006 - American Journal of Bioethics 6 (5):25 – 26.
Added to PP
Historical graph of downloads
Citations of this work
No citations found.
References found in this work
Sources of the Self: The Making of the Modern Identity.Charles Taylor - 1989 - Harvard University Press.
The perils of cognitive enhancement and the urgent imperative to enhance the moral character of humanity.Ingmar Persson & Julian Savulescu - 2008 - Journal of Applied Philosophy 25 (3):162-177.