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Remembering from the Outside: Personal Memory and the Perspectival Mind

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2019.09.05 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Christopher Jude McCarroll, Remembering from the Outside: Personal Memory and the Perspectival Mind, Oxford University Press, 2018, 220pp., $74.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780190674267. Reviewed by Felipe De Brigard, Duke University Until very recently, the field of philosophy of memory was almost non-existent. But in the last decade, there has been such a resurgence of interest in philosophical questions pertaining to memory and remembering that it is becoming one of the most active areas in the philosophy of mind. Christopher Jude McCarroll's book is a wonderful addition to this fascinating and growing research area. In it, McCarroll discusses an intriguing phenomenon: the fact that we often remember autobiographical episodic memories, both voluntarily and involuntarily, from a point of view other than the one from which we experienced the original event. Known in the psychological literature as the field/observer distinction, memory's capacity to shift perspectives has intrigued researchers since, at least, Giovanni Nigro and Ulric... Read More

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