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Type: Book chapter
Title: Painful memories
Author: Gerrans, P.
Citation: New Directions in the Philosophy of Memory, 2018 / Michaelian, K., Debus, D., Perrin, D. (ed./s), Ch.8, pp.158-178
Publisher: Routledge
Publisher Place: New York, NY; USA
Issue Date: 2018
Series/Report no.: Routledge Studies in Contemporary Philosophy; 106
ISBN: 1138065609
Editor: Michaelian, K.
Debus, D.
Perrin, D.
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Philip Gerrans
Abstract: One of the defining features of episodic memory is autonoesis, a sense of being present in the experience. Some memory theorists have argued that autonoesis is an instance of the general phenomenon of “mineness” of experience annexed to mnemonic content. In support of this view and to help understand the nature of “mineness” they discuss the neuropsychological case of R.B. whose “impairment selectively targeted autonoesis while leaving stored content unscathed.” I offer a different account of R.B.‘s deficit to Stanley Klein and Jordi Fernandez. I suggest that R.B. has a form of depersonalization for memory experience. I support this idea via a discussion of neural correlates of depersonalization disorders, including pain asymbolia (developing a suggestion of Colin Klein) and their role as part of a system that supports so called Mental Time Travel. I argue that this approach has several advantages to the purely phenomenological/conceptual one suggested by Stanley Klein in his discussion of R.B.
Rights: © 2018 Taylor & Francis. The right of the editors to be identified as the authors of the editorial material, and of the authors for their individual chapters, has been asserted in accordance with Sections 77 and 78 of the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988.
DOI: 10.4324/9781315159591-9
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