*Memory as Mental Time Travel*

Special issue of the Review of Philosophy and Psychology

*Guest editors*

André Sant’Anna (Université Grenoble Alpes)

Kourken Michaelian (Université Grenoble Alpes)

Denis Perrin (Université Grenoble Alpes)

*Call for Papers*

Recent psychological research on episodic memory has motivated a dramatic
reconceptualization of memory as a form of *mental time travel* into the
past, or, alternatively, as a form of imagining or simulating past
episodes. This reconceptualization has led many psychologists and
philosophers to adopt a view of episodic memory as one instance of a more
general capacity to mentally travel into both the past and the future, as
both processes seem to involve similar forms of simulating or imagining
episodes. This view has, in turn, raised a wide range of theoretical and
empirical questions pertaining to the relationships among episodic memory,
episodic future thought, and other forms of mental time travel. To cite
just one example: while the dominant view in psychology has come to be that
there is no difference in kind between episodic memory and episodic future
thought, the dominant view in philosophy, due in part to the influence of
the causal theory of memory, continues to be that there is in fact a
difference in kind, that episodic memory has metaphysical, epistemological,
or phenomenological features that are not shared by episodic future
thought. There are substantial numbers of psychologists and philosophers
who reject the dominant views in their respective disciplines, and the
debate over this issue shows no sign of dying down. The special issue will
bring together researchers from philosophy and psychology to discuss this
and other theoretical issues raised by the idea of memory as mental time

Papers should address both memory and its relationship to mental time
travel, aiming to make informative contributions at the intersection
between the philosophy and the psychology of memory and mental time travel.

Deadline for submissions: June 15, 2019

*Potential topics include (but are not limited to):*

·      The relationship between memory and imagination; the relationship
between memory and imagination may also play a role in discussions of any
of the other topics.

·      Memory as MTT and: personal identity; the self; and the sense of
ownership for memory.

·      Continuities and discontinuities between memory and MTT:
epistemological, metaphysical, and phenomenological aspects.

·      The epistemology of memory as MTT: our knowledge of past (and
future?) events; the factivity of memory.

·      The phenomenology of memory as MTT: autonoesis; chronesthesia; field
and observer perspectives in memory.

·      The metaphysics of memory as MTT: theories of remembering; the
objects of memory; memory and MTT as natural kinds; memory traces.

·      Representation in MTT: the nature of representational content in
MTT; memory errors; (meta)representation; nonrepresentational approaches.

·      Developmental, evolutionary, functional, and comparative
perspectives on memory as MTT.

·      Memory as MTT and extended cognition: external memory; collective

·      Memory as MTT and mental disorders

·      MTT and semantic memory

·      MTT and affect in memory/affective memory

·      MTT and the ethics of memory

*Guest authors*

The issue will include invited articles authored by:

·       Donna Rose Addis (Rotman Research Institute, Baycrest Health
Sciences, Canada)

·       Jordi Fernández (Department of Philosophy, University of Adelaide,

·       Carl Craver (Department of Philosophy and
Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology Program, Washington University in St
Louis, USA)

·       Markus Werning (Institute for Philosophy II, Ruhr-University
Bochum, Germany)

*Important dates*

Submission deadline: June 15, 2019

Target publication date: March 2020

*How to submit*

Prospective authors should register at: www.editorialmanager.com/ropp to
obtain a login and select *SI: Mental Time Travel* as the article type.
Manuscripts should be no longer than 8,000 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 peerreviewed 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, behavioral 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.


For any queries, please email the guest editors: André Sant’Anna (

The CFP can also be found at http://phil-mem.org/events/mtt-cfp.html

André R. Sant'Anna

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