Memory: A Self-Referential Account

June 28, 2019 - June 29, 2019
Centre for Philosophy of Memory, Université Grenoble Alpes

1281 Avenue Centrale
Saint-Martin-d'Hères 38400


Université Grenoble Alpes

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A workshop on Jordi Fernández' forthcoming book, Memory: A Self-Referential Account, will be held on 28-29 June 2019.

Memories interact with mental states of other types in a characteristic way. They also have some associated feelings that other mental states lack. Memories are special in terms of their representational capacity too, since one can have memories of objective events, and one can have memories of one's own past experiences. Finally, memories are epistemically special, in that beliefs formed on the basis of memories are protected from certain errors of misidentification, and justified in a way which does not rely on any cognitive capacity other than memory.

The aim of the book is to explain these features of memory. Fernández proposes that memories have a particular functional role which involves past perceptual experiences and beliefs about the past. He suggests that memories have a particular content as well. They represent themselves as having a certain causal origin. Fernández then accounts for the feelings associated with our memories as the experience of some of the things that our memories represent; things such as our own past experiences, or the fact the memories originate in those experiences. He also accounts for the special justification for belief afforded by our memories in terms of the content that memories have. The resulting picture is a unified account of several philosophically interesting aspects of memory.


  • Jordi Fernández, University of Adelaide
  • Dorothea Debus, Universität Konstanz
  • Loraine Gérardin-Laverge, Université Paris Nanterre/University of Antwerp
  • Steven James, West Chester University
  • Kourken Michaelian, Université Grenoble Alpes
  • Christopher Moulin, Université Grenoble Alpes
  • Denis Perrin, Université Grenoble Alpes
  • Sarah Robins, University of Kansas
  • André Sant'Anna, Université Grenoble Alpes
  • Markus Werning, Ruhr-Universität Bochum

Registration is free, but space is limited.

Organizers: Kourken Michaelian, Denis Perrin.

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March 15, 2019, 5:00am CET

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