Founded in 2018, the Centre for Philosophy of Memory is associated with the Philosophie, Pratiques et Langages lab at the Université Grenoble Alpes. Members of the CPM publish research on all aspects of the philosophy of memory, organize events, host visitors, and participate in national and international networks.
As one of our most fundamental cognitive capacities, memory is a major area of research in disciplines such as psychology and neuroscience and brings together researchers from across the social and human sciences in the interdisciplinary field of memory studies. Philosophers of memory engage in intensive dialogue with their colleagues in other disciplines, but their primary focus is on employing the tools of analytic philosophy in order to answer a set of distinctively philosophical questions about memory. The most basic of these is also the most general: what is memory? Philosophers' attempts to formulate an adequate answer to this question have led them to propose a variety of epistemic, causal, and postcausal theories of memory.
The question of the nature of memory belongs to the philosophy of mind; other topics of current research that belong to this area include the the relationship between memory and imagination, the role of representation in remembering, the relationships among episodic, semantic, and other forms of memory, the nature of episodicity, the link between memory and the self, and the ontology of collective memory. While most philosophers approach memory from the perspective of the philosophy of mind, others approach it from the perspective of epistemology, dealing with puzzles such as the problem of forgotten evidence. Still others approach it from the perspective of ethics, asking questions about, for example, the normativity of memory modification and enhancement.
For introductions to the philosophy of memory, see the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy [1, 2], the Internet Encylopedia of Philosophy, or the Encyclopédie philosophique [1, 2]. The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Memory provides a detailed survey of the field, and New Directions in the Philosophy of Memory covers promising current themes, focusing on the philosophy of mind; for an introduction from an epistemological perspective, see A Critical Introduction to the Epistemology of Memory. The Oxford Bibliographies Online entry on memory provides pointers to some classic works, and the PhilPapers "memory" category includes additional work; PhilMemBib is a comprehensive, curated bibliography of philosophical research on memory.
Some recent publications by CPM members:
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See members' individual pages for full publication lists and links to preprints and offprints.
The CPM also hosts an interdisciplinary seminar and an internal seminar, both initially organized on an ad hoc basis:contact Kourken Michaelian.
Recent and upcoming visitors:
Junior fellowships for the 2019-2020 and the 2020-2021 academic years will be advertised shortly.