Denis Perrin

Professeur des universités
Laboratoire « Philosophie, Pratiques et Langages »
Département de philosophie
Université Grenoble Alpes


I am a professor in philosophy of mind and language at the University Grenoble Alpes (France). I have published several papers on episodic memory and mental time travel. I was also the guest editor of a special issue “Episodic memory” in the Review of Philosophy and Psychology (2014) and I have recently co-edited with K. Michaelian and D. Debus the volume New Directions in the Philosophy of Memory (Routledge, 2018). In my recent papers, I have favoured a specific form of causalism about episodic memory — which I dub procedural causalism — together with discontinuism in the ongoing debates over mental time travel.

I am currently working on two topics related to memory:

  • A metacognitive account of the phenomenology of episodic memory
  • The topic of the particularity of content in episodic memory
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Publications (selection)


Special issue "Memory and Mental Time Travel", co-ed. with A. Sant’Anna and K. Michaelian, Review of philosophy and Psychology

Michaelian, K., Debus, D. et Perrin, D. (dir.), New Directions in the Philosophy of Memory, Routledge, 2018

Special issue "Episodic Memory", guest editor, Review of Philosophy and Psychology, 2014

Qu’est-ce que se souvenir ?, Vrin, 2012


"Continuities and discontinuities between imagination and memory: The view from philosophy", K. Michaelian, D. Perrin, A. Sant’Anna, in A. Abraham (eds.), Cambridge Handbook of the Imagination, Cambridge University Press (forth. 2019)

"A Case for Procedural Causality in Episodic Memory", in K. Michaelian, D. Debus, D., and D. Perrin (eds.), New Directions of Research in the Philosophy of Memory, Routledge, 2018

"Memory as Mental Time Travel", co-authored with K. Michaelian, in S. Bernecker et K. Michaelian (eds.), The Routledge Handbook of the Philosophy of Memory, Routledge, 2016

"Asymetries in Subjective Time", in S. Klein, K. Michaelian et K. Szpunar (eds.), Seeing the Future: Theoretical Perspectives on Future-Oriented Time Travel, Oxford University Press, 2016

"The Episodicity of Memory. Current Trends and Issues in Philosophy and Psychology", editorial introduction to the special issue “Episodic Memory” of the Review of Philosophy and Psychology, 2014