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Perceptual Imagination and Perceptual Memory$
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Fiona Macpherson and Fabian Dorsch

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780198717881

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198717881.001.0001

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Sensory Memories and Recollective Images

Sensory Memories and Recollective Images

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(p.28) 3 Sensory Memories and Recollective Images
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Perceptual Imagination and Perceptual Memory
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Dominic Gregory

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198717881.003.0003

‘Sensory memories’ revolve around sensory mental images that seem to us to correspond to how things were on specific occasions during our own lives. Many of our sensory memories seem to reflect the ways that things once were for us in the course of sensory experiences that we ourselves underwent. But our sensory memories seem sometimes to have a less subjective cast, as some of them seem simply to capture what the world was once like. This chapter develops an account of the representational functions of sensory mental imagery in sensory memories that accounts for both of those different sorts of cases, and which also meets a range of additional constraints.

Keywords:   memory, recollection, episodic memory, mental imagery, appearances, visual imagery, observer memories, pictures

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