13. Space and time in episodic memory

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This chapter explores the nonconceptual roots of spatiotemporal abilities in the context of episodic memory. Episodic memory is the conscious recollection of an autobiographical episode. We argue (a) that if episodic memory is a form of re-experiencing then it must inherit that which is necessary for something to be an experience, and (b) that this is, following Kant, spatiotemporal content, in addition to its being as of the experience of a single person. We suggest that there is no reason why these minimal conditions should not be met by children too young to be credited with concepts of time and of mentality, and report, for the first time, data we have collected in support of this view.


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