23 April 2013

Episodic Memory: Special issue of the Review of Philosophy and Psychology

Special issue of the Review of Philosophy and Psychology
Guest editor:  Denis Perrin
Deadline for submissions:  September 30, 2013

The Theme
Episodic memory is a fundamental form of human memory, the hallmark of which is the reliving of past experiences as a result of mental time travel towards one’s own past. As such, it plays a basic role in personal identity, time consciousness, action, and the grounding of knowledge. In the field of psychology, current research programs have revived classical accounts of that cognitive ability, such as attributionalism or constructivism, relying on well-established defining features, such as mental time travel. They have also brought out new features of episodic memory that make it necessary to go beyond traditional accounts. Suffice it to mention the dependence of episodic memory on the segmentation of the flux of consciousness in events, or the role of episodic memory in episodic future thinking. Those advances foster current philosophical works on remembering, by providing new empirical data and theoretical frameworks that are likely to challenge existing conceptions. But they also call for a philosophical assessment, given that psychology itself draws on distinctively philosophical frameworks to account for the data (e.g. inferentialism or reflexivism). This special issue of the Review of Philosophy and Psychology, devoted to episodic memory, encourages contributions seeking to show how psychological studies of episodicity (be they cognitive, developmental, clinical or neurological) renew the philosophical approach to remembering, or putting forward new conceptual analyses aimed at criticizing or further developing the existing accounts of episodic memory in psychology.
Key questions
• The distinctive subjective experience proper to episodic memory, that is:
-       how and why episodic memories are about the remembering subject;
-       the subjective time of episodic navigation;
-       the role played by semantic and procedural memories in the subjective experience of episodic memory.

• The epistemology of episodic memory:
-       the information contents provided by episodic memory, and how they differ from the contents of perception, imagination or semantic memories;
-       the relation of episodic memory to truth and falsehood.

• The functional roles of episodic memory with respect to:
-       personal and social identity;
-       knowledge and beliefs;
-       action and reality monitoring;
-       phylogenetic evolution and episodic future thought.

Guest authors

Dorothea Debus (University of York)
Jordi Fernandez (University of Adelaide)
Christoph Hoerl (University of Warwick)
James Russell (University of Cambridge)

Important Dates
September 30, 2013      submission deadline
April 31, 2013  target publication date
How to submit
Prospective authors should register at: www.editorialmanager.com/ropp to obtain a login and select Episodic memory as the article type.  Manuscripts should be approximately 10,000 words and conform to the author guidelines available on the journal's website.

About the journal
The Review of Philosophy and Psychology (ISSN: 1878-5158; eISSN: 1878-5166) is a peer-reviewed journal, published quarterly by Springer, which focuses on philosophical and foundational issues in cognitive science. The journal’s aim is to provide a forum for discussion on topics of mutual interest to philosophers and psychologists and to foster interdisciplinary research at the crossroads of philosophy and the sciences of the mind, including the neural, behavioural and social sciences.  The journal publishes theoretical works grounded in empirical research as well as empirical articles on issues of philosophical relevance.  It includes thematic issues featuring invited contributions from leading authors together with articles answering a call for papers.

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