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Daniel D. Hutto and Erik Myin

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780262036115

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262036115.001.0001

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(p.203) 9 Remembering
Evolving Enactivism

Daniel D. Hutto

Erik Myin

The MIT Press

Chapter 9 explicates REC’s duplex account of the many and varied forms of memory. As might be expected, REC is well suited for understanding procedural remembering. Yet, by defending a strong version of the Social Interactionist Theory it is shown how autobiographical remembering is best understood as rooted in narrative capacities. Thus autobiographical memory is a perfect example of a kind of cognition that depends on the mastery and exercise of discursive practices involving content. In defending this strong claim, REC draws on its account of contentless imaginings to how it is also possible to make sense of purely episodic forms of remembering that operate before and below the capacity to autobiographically narrate the past. In sum, this illustrates that REC has the resources to give a gapless account of all of the major varieties of remembering. The chapter concludes, motivated by empirical findings, by compelling a rethink of purely CIC views of the primary function of remembering.

Keywords:   RECollection, declarative memory, procedural memory, episodic memory, autobiographic memory, Social Interactionist Theory; SIT, narrative practices, content-based view of memory

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