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. TOC:Acknowledgments.- 1. Setting the Stage.- Part I: Memory Causation.- 2. The Motivation of the Causal Theory of Memory.- 3. An Argument for Memory Traces.- 4. From Traces to Recall.- Part II: Objects of Memory.- 5. The Primary Objects of Memory.- 6. Against Representative Realism.- 7. Skepticism, Externalism, and Closure.- Part III: Truth in Memory.- 8. The Factivity Constraint.- 9. Diachronic Content Similarity.- 10. The Pragmatic Dimension of Memory.- Bibliography.- Index.
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