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Memory and the Self: Phenomenology, Science and Autobiography

Mark Rowlands

Abstract

It is common, and natural, to suppose that our memories help make us who we are. After all, what could make us the persons we are if not the experiences we have had during the courses of our lives? And how could these experiences be retained if not through our memories of them? The kind of memory in question is episodic memory. Episodic memory, however, has certain deficiencies that cast doubt on its ability to play this role in making us who we are. We all forget vastly more than we remember. And what we do remember is often decidedly inaccurate. If we were collages of memories, most of these ... More

Keywords: content, forgetting, memory, persons, style

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190241469
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190241469.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark Rowlands, author
Professor of Philosophy, University of Miami.