Memory without content? Radical enactivism and (post)causal theories of memory

Synthese:1-29 (forthcoming)
Authors
Kourken Michaelian
Université Grenoble Alpes
André Sant'Anna
Université Grenoble Alpes
Abstract
Radical enactivism, an increasingly influential approach to cognition in general, has recently been applied to memory in particular, with Hutto and Peeters (2018) providing the first systematic discussion of the implications of the approach for mainstream philosophical theories of memory. Hutto and Peeters argue that radical enactivism, which entails a conception of memory traces as contentless, is fundamentally at odds with current causal and postcausal theories, which remain committed to a conception of traces as contentful: on their view, if radical enactivism is right, then the relevant theories are wrong. Partisans of the theories in question might respond to Hutto and Peeters’ argument in two ways. First, they might challenge radical enactivism itself. Second, they might challenge the conditional claim that, if radical enactivism is right, then their theories are wrong. In this paper, we develop the latter response, arguing that, appearances to the contrary notwithstanding, radical enactivism in fact aligns neatly with an emerging tendency in the philosophy of memory: radical enactivists and causal and postcausal theorists of memory have begun to converge, for distinct but compatible reasons, on a contentless conception of memory traces.
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1007/s11229-019-02119-7
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

Our Archive
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

The Extended Mind.Andy Clark & David J. Chalmers - 1998 - Analysis 58 (1):7-19.
A Sensorimotor Account of Vision and Visual Consciousness.J. Kevin O'Regan & Alva Noë - 2001 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 24 (5):883-917.
Simulating Minds: The Philosophy, Psychology, and Neuroscience of Mindreading.Alvin Goldman - 2008 - Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 66 (1):94-97.
The Silence of the Senses.Charles S. Travis - 2004 - Mind 113 (449):57-94.

View all 45 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Spread Mind and Causal Theories of Content.Krystyna Bielecka - 2014 - Avant: Trends in Interdisciplinary Studies (2):87-97.
Generative Memory.Kourken Michaelian - 2011 - Philosophical Psychology 24 (3):323-342.
Not-Quite-So Radical Enactivism.D. Lloyd - 2016 - Constructivist Foundations 11 (2):361-363.
The Metaphysics of Memory. [REVIEW]Kourken Michaelian - 2010 - European Journal of Philosophy 18 (4):623-626.
Beyond the Causal Theory? Fifty Years After Martin and Deutscher.Kourken Michaelian & Sarah Robins - 2018 - In Kourken Michaelian, Dorothea Debus & Denis Perrin (eds.), New Directions in the Philosophy of Memory. Routledge. pp. 13-32.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2019-01-31

Total views
159 ( #39,911 of 2,313,336 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
159 ( #2,043 of 2,313,336 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Monthly downloads

My notes

Sign in to use this feature