Amnesia and the Ordinary Conception of Time - Carl Craver (WUSTL)

Speaker: Carl Craver

The thesis that the “ordinary conception of time” requires the capacity for episodic memory is common in neuroscience and philosophy alike. In neuropsychology, this thesis is expressed in the contrapositive thesis that people with episodic amnesia are “trapped in time.” In philosophy, it is expressed as the thesis episodic memory is a constitutive of developmental requirement for thinking and reasoning about time. Here I reconsider the neuropsychological thesis in light of evidence from my work with Shayna Rosenbaum to study people with episodic amnesia. I argue that people with episodic amnesia have temporal concepts, preferences, and decision-making quirks as neurotypical controls. I conclude by suggesting possible sources of the ordinary conception of time besides episodic memory.

Please note that these seminars are open to the public and in person only.

Date & time

Thu 30 Mar 2023, 2:00pm to 3:30pm


SRWB Theatrette (Room 2.02), Sir Roland Wilson Building (#130)


Carl Craver (WUSTL)


Sean Denahue


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