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Memory: A Self-Referential Account


From June 28, 2019 to June 29, 2019

Saint-Martin-d'Hères - Domaine universitaire

A workshop on Jordi Fernández' forthcoming book

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 (to register: (kourken[dot]michaelian[at]univ-grenoble-alpes[dot]fr)), Denis Perrin.


From June 28, 2019 to June 29, 2019


Saint-Martin-d'Hères - Domaine universitaire

Submitted on June 18, 2019

Updated on July 11, 2019