Special issue of the Review of Philosophy and Psychology
Guest editors: André Sant’Anna, Kourken Michaelian, and Denis Perrin
Call for Papers:
Recent psychological research on episodic memory has motivated a dramatic reconceptualization of memory as a form of mental time travel into the past, or, alternatively, as a form of imagining or simulating past episodes. This reconceptualization has led many psychologists and philosophers to adopt a view of episodic memory as one instance of a more general capacity to mentally travel into both the past and the future, as both processes seem to involve similar forms of simulating or imagining episodes. This view has, in turn, raised a wide range of theoretical and empirical questions pertaining to the relationships among episodic memory, episodic future thought, and other forms of mental time travel. To cite just one example: while the dominant view in psychology has come to be that there is no difference in kind between episodic memory and episodic future thought, the dominant view in philosophy, due in part to the influence of the causal theory of memory, continues to be that there is in fact a difference in kind, that episodic memory has metaphysical, epistemological, or phenomenological features that are not shared by episodic future thought. There are substantial numbers of psychologists and philosophers who reject the dominant views in their respective disciplines, and the debate over this issue shows no sign of dying down. The special issue will bring together researchers from philosophy and psychology to discuss this and other theoretical issues raised by the idea of memory as mental time travel.
Papers should address both memory and its relationship to mental time travel, aiming to make informative contributions at the intersection between the philosophy and the psychology of memory and mental time travel.
Potential topics include (but are not limited to):
How to submit:
Prospective authors should register at: www.editorialmanager.com/ropp to obtain a login and select SI: Mental Time Travel as the article type. Manuscripts should be no longer than 8,000 words and conform to the author guidelines available on the journal's website.
For any queries, please email André Sant’Anna at .