Consciousness and the limits of memory

Synthese 195 (12):5217-5243 (2018)
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Joseph Gottlieb
Texas Tech University
Abstract
Intermodal representationalism is a popular theory of consciousness. This paper argues that intermodal representationalism is false, or at least likely so. The argument turns on two forms of exceptional episodic memory: hyperthymesia and prodigious visual memory in savant syndrome. Emerging from this argument is a broader lesson about the relationship between memory and perception; that it may be possible to entertain in memory the very same content as in a corresponding perceptual experience, and that the ‘overflow’ interpretation of the classic Sperling paradigm experiments may not fully generalize.
Keywords Consciousnesss  Episodic Memory  Representationalism
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DOI 10.1007/s11229-018-1793-9
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