A One-Day Integrative Workshop
for Scientists and Philosophers

FEBRUARY 21, 2020 • 8:15AM – 6:30PM


This workshop explores focused topics at the intersection of the philosophy and psychology of human memory. With short talks in focused sessions, the aim is to generate new ways of bringing these literatures into conversation with one another.  On one hand, we ask: “How can philosophy help to clarify or resolve conceptual problems in psychology?” On the other, we ask “How can psychology inform philosophical theorizing about human action, knowledge, and responsibility?” To explore these questions, we have invited ten scholars to participate in one-hour symposia (with 30-minute Q&A) on the following topics:

  • Narrative, Truth, and Identity in Personal and Cultural Remembrance
  • Memory Storage Mechanisms: Do We Need an Engram to Explain Remembering?
  • Memory, Metacognition, and Weakness of Will
  • Why Do We Remember? Evolutionary Perspectives on Episodic Memory. 
  • Remembering from the Outside: Epistemic and Metaphysical Implications of The Observer Perspective

We hope that you will join us. 


The phenomenon of memory poses a great variety of questions, both philosophical and scientific: What is memory? How do we remember the things we remember? How do our memories affect our sense of identity? How do they inform our participation in our cultures? What is episodic memory? What is it for? What did it do for our evolutionary ancestors? How does memory contribute to our status as the kinds of creatures that make decisions? How are memories stored? Do they require memory traces?

The purpose of this workshop is to bring scientists and philosophers of memory together to share their perspectives on how to answer, or at least approach, these and other questions about the nature, function, and explanation of memory. The program is designed to showcase the range of exciting interdisciplinary work possible at the intersection of the science and philosophy of memory.