Professor Sarah Robins, University of Kansas: What does remembering require? It is common to think that remembering requires not only an accurate representation of a past event, but also a representation that is brought about in the right way. According to the Causal Theory of Memory (CTM), the right way involves a memory trace. But what are memory traces?
Recently, Bernecker (2010) has proposed that memory traces are mental states that form an uninterrupted causal chain between learning and remembering.
I argue that this view cannot distinguish remembering from relearning, or tell the difference between temporarily and permanently forgetting something.
I conclude by presenting an alternative view of memory traces as capacities.
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