Philosophy and Memory Traces: Descartes to Connectionismby John Sutton
Pub. Date: 08/18/2007
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Porous Memory defends two theories of autobiographical memory. One is a bewildering historical view of memories as dynamic patterns in fleeting animal spirits, nervous fluids which rummaged through the pores of brain and body. The other is new connectionism, in which memories are 'stored' only superpositionally, and reconstructed rather than reproduced. John Sutton juxtaposes historical and contemporary debates to show that psychology can attend to culture, complexity, self, and history.
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Table of ContentsList of figures; Preface; List of abbreviations; 1. Introduction: traces, brains and history; Part I. Animal Spirits and Memory Traces: Introduction; 2. Wriggle-work: the quick and nimble animal spirits; 3. Memory and 'the Cartesian philosophy of the brain'; Part II. Inner Discipline: Introduction; 4. Spirit sciences, memory motions; 5. Cognition, chaos and control in English responses to Descartes' theory of memory; 6. Local and distributed representations; 7. John Locke and the neurophilosophy of self; 8. The puzzle of survival; 9. Spirits, body and self; 10. The puzzle of elimination; Part III. 'The Phantasmal Chaos of Association': Introduction; 11. Fodor, connectionism and cognitive discipline; 12. Associationism and neo-associationism; 13. Hartley's distributed model of memory; 14. Attacks on neurophilosophy: Reid and Coleridge; Part IV. Connectionism and the Philosophy of Memory: Introduction; 15. Representations, realism and history; 16. Attacks on traces; 17. Order, confusion, remembering; References; Index.
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