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Memory: what is it good for?

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Increasingly, memory researchers are of the view that memory is not for remembering. That is, we do not have episodic memories (memories of personally experienced events) because being able to remember is itself beneficial, but because it confers some other advantage – most often, the ability to ‘project’ oneself into the future. This claim has been used to lend support to novel accounts of episodic memory’s nature, and to motivate new evidential standards for its detection in animals. In this talk, I aim to show that the arguments for this claim are unsound, and offer a (qualified) defence of the view that remembering is the function of episodic memory.

This talk is part of the CamPoS (Cambridge Philosophy of Science) seminar series.

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