What sort of imagining might remembering be?Peter Langland-Hassan (University of Cincinnati)
Bochum-Grenoble Memory Colloquium
Abstract: This talk aims to bridge current philosophical thinking on imagination with a debate in the philosophy of memory over whether episodic remembering is a kind of imagining. So far, this debate has been hampered by a lack of clarity concerning the kind of ‘imagining’ at issue. Several options are considered and constructive imagining is identified as the relevant kind. Next, a functionalist account of episodic memory is defended as a means to establishing two key points: first, one need not defend a factive view of remembering in order to hold that causal connections to past experiences are essential to remembering; and, second, current theories that equate remembering with imagining are in fact consistent with a functionalist theory that includes causal connections in its account of what it is to remember. This offers some reason for thinking that remembering is not constructive imagining after all, and clarifies what it would take to establish that it is.
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