Memory as a Source of Epistemic JustificationJordi Fernandez (University of Adelaide)
Room G16 (Jim Potter Room)
Old Physics Building, Parkville Campus
Abstract: Does memory only preserve epistemic justification over time, or can memory also generate it? I argue that memory can generate justification based on a certain conception of mnemonic content. According to it, our memories represent themselves as originating on past perceptions of objective facts. If this conception of mnemonic content is correct, then what we are in a position to believe on the basis of memory always includes something that we were not in a position to believe before we utilised that capacity. For that reason, a subject may be justified in believing a proposition on the basis of memory even if, in the past, she was not justified in believing it through any other source. The resulting picture of memory is a picture wherein the epistemically generative role of memory turns out to be grounded on its intentionally generative role.
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