Philosophy and Memory Traces: Descartes to Connectionism

Philosophy and Memory Traces: Descartes to Connectionism

by John Sutton
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521039371

ISBN-13: 9780521039376

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…  See more details below

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521039376
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
08/18/2007
Pages:
392
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.87(d)

Table of Contents

List of figures
Preface
List of abbreviations
1Introduction: traces, brains, and history1
Appmemory and connectionism19
IAnimal spirits and memory traces21
2Wriggle-work: the quick and nimble animal spirits25
3Memory and 'the Cartesian philosophy of the brain'50
App. 1nerves, spirits, and traces in Descartes102
App. 2Malebranche on memory106
IIInner discipline115
4Spirit sciences, memory motions119
5Cognition, chaos, and control in English responses to Descartes' theory of memory129
6Local and distributed representations149
7John Locke and the neurophilosophy of self157
Appmemory and self in Essay II.27174
8The puzzle of survival177
9Spirits, body, and self189
10The puzzle of elimination214
III'The phantasmal chaos of association'223
11Fodor, connectionism, and cognitive discipline228
12Associationism and neo-associationism240
13Hartley's distributed model of memory248
14Attacks on neurophilosophy: Reid and Coleridge260
IVConnectionism and the philosophy or memory275
15Representations, realism, and history280
16Attacks on traces298
17Order, confusion, remembering317
References323
Index367

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