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The impure phenomenology of episodic memory

Boyle, Alexandria ORCID: 0000-0001-8827-5479 (2020) The impure phenomenology of episodic memory. Mind & Language, 35 (5). 641 - 660. ISSN 0268-1064

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Episodic memory has a distinctive phenomenology: it involves “mentally reliving” a past event. It has been suggested that characterising episodic memory in terms of this phenomenology makes it impossible to test for in animals, because “purely phenomenological features” cannot be detected in animal behaviour. Against this, I argue that episodic memory's phenomenological features are impure, having both subjective and objective aspects, and so can be behaviourally detected. Insisting on a phenomenological characterisation of episodic memory consequently does nothing to damage the prospects for detecting it in nonhuman animals.

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Additional Information: © 2019 John Wiley & Sons Ltd
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
Date Deposited: 08 Sep 2022 14:12
Last Modified: 14 Jun 2024 20:24

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