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 M - Memory


Memory: Capacity to remember; what is remembered.

In all human judgements memory and memories are presupposed and involved, since one can't even speak without remembering a language.

Much could be said about memory, since quite a lot is known about the weaknesses and strengths of human memory, but most of this belongs to psychology.

What is relevant for philosophy is that memory is one of the human capacities that are presupposed in all human judgments. Other human capacities for which holds the same are sensation, feeling and fantasy, and indeed apart from presupposing these, another common presupposition that enters here, and that seems to hold for everyone who is not diseased or insane is that

  • every human being is capable of correctly distinguishing between memory, sensation, feeling and fantasy

except in cases of extreme emotion or when dreaming.

Note that the distinctions between these capacities seem to go by source or subject: memory informs about one's past; sensation about one's environment; feeling about one's body; and fantasy about one's mind.




Gregory, Russell

 Original: Feb 24, 2007                                                Last edited: 12 December 2011.   Top