Founded in 2018, the CPM is part of 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 international and national 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 belonging to this area include the taxonomy of memory, the nature of episodicity, the relationship between memory and imagination, the role of representation in remembering, 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 ethics of external memory technologies and the ethics of memory modification and enhancement.
For introductions to the philosophy of memory, see the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, the Internet Encylopedia of Philosophy, or the Encyclopédie philosophique. The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Memory provides a detailed survey of the field, and the Oxford Bibliographies Online entry on memory in philosophy provides pointers to key works.
Some recent publications by CPM members:
articles chapters edited volumes reviews other
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.