The hybrid contents of memory

Synthese 197 (3):1263-1290 (2020)
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Abstract

This paper proposes a novel account of the contents of memory. By drawing on insights from the philosophy of perception, I propose a hybrid account of the contents of memory designed to preserve important aspects of representationalist and relationalist views. The hybrid view I propose also contributes to two ongoing debates in philosophy of memory. First, I argue that, in opposition to eternalist views, the hybrid view offers a less metaphysically-charged solution to the co-temporality problem. Second, I show how the hybrid view conceives of the relationship between episodic memory and other forms of episodic thinking. I conclude by considering some disanalogies between perception and memory and by replying to objections. I argue that, despite there being important differences between memory and perception, those differences do not harm my project.

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André Sant'Anna
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Mind and World.John McDowell - 1994 - Cambridge: Harvard University Press.
Elements of Episodic Memory.Endel Tulving - 1983 - Oxford University Press.

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