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Philosophy and memory traces : Descartes to connectionism

Author: John Sutton
Publisher: Cambridge [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 1998.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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.
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: John Sutton
ISBN: 0521591945 9780521591942 9780521039376 0521039371
OCLC Number: 36582022
Description: xvii, 372 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: 1. Introduction: traces, brains, and history. App. memory and connectionism --
I. Animal spirits and memory traces. 2. Wriggle-work: the quick and nimble animal spirits. 3. Memory and 'the Cartesian philosophy of the brain'. App. 1. nerves, spirits, and traces in Descartes --
App. 2. Malebranche on memory --
II. Inner discipline. 4. Spirit sciences, memory motions. 5. Cognition, chaos, and control in English responses to Descartes' theory of memory. 6. Local and distributed representations. 7. John Locke and the neurophilosophy of self. App. memory and self in Essay II. 27. 8. The puzzle of survival. 9. Spirits, body, and self. 10. The puzzle of elimination --
III. 'The phantasmal chaos of association'.
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This study offers interpretations of theories of memory and the body from Descartes to Coleridge. John Sutton juxtaposes historical and contemporary debates to show that psychology can attend to  Read more...

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