Attitudes and the (dis)continuity between memory and imagination

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memory, imagination, continuism, discontinuism, causal theory, simulation theory

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The current dispute between causalists and simulationists in philosophy of memory has led to opposing attempts to characterize the relationship between memory and imagination. In a recent overview of this debate, Perrin and Michaelian (2017) have suggested that the dispute over the (dis)continuity between memory and imagination boils down to the question of whether a causal connection to a past event is necessary for remembering. By developing an argument based on an analogy to perception, I argue that this dispute should instead be viewed as a dispute about the nature of the attitudes involved in remembering and imagining. The focus on attitudes, rather than on causal connections, suggests a new way of conceiving of the relationship between memory and imagination that has been overlooked in recent philosophy of memory.

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André Sant'Anna, Washington University in St. Louis

Postdoctoral Researcher in the Department of Philosophy and the Philosophy-Neuro- science-Psychology Program at Washington University in St. Louis.

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2021-07-30

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Sant’Anna, A. (2021). Attitudes and the (dis)continuity between memory and imagination. Estudios De Filosofía, (64), 73–93. https://doi.org/10.17533/udea.ef.n64a04

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