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The Metaphysics of Memory


  • The first book on the metaphysics of memory in four decades

  • The most comprehensive discussion to date of the causal theory of memory

  • A novel contextualist theory of memorial authenticity

  • The study avails itself of contemporary psychology


Part of the Philosophical Studies Series book series (PSSP, volume 111)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Memory Causation

  3. Objects of Memory

  4. Truth in Memory

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 177-191

About this book


This book investigates central issues in the philosophy of memory. Does remembering require a causal process connecting the past representation to its subsequent recall and, if so, what is the nature of the causal process? Of what kind are the primary intentional objects of memory states? How do we know that our memory experiences portray things the way they happened in the past? Given that our memory is not only a passive device for reproducing thoughts but also an active device for processing stored thoughts, when are thoughts sufficiently similar to be memory-related?

The Metaphysics of Memory defends a version of the causal theory of memory, argues for direct realism about memory, proposes an externalist response to skepticism about memory knowledge, and develops a contextualist account of the factivity constraint on memory.


Causation Context Memory issue knowledge metaphysics philosophy truth

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of California92697-4555IrvineUSA

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