Philosophy and memory traces – Descartes to connectionism


Frontmatter and Preface

1 Introduction: traces, brains, and history

Appendix: memory and connectionism

Part I Animal spirits and memory traces

Introduction to Part I: Animal Spirits and Memory Traces

2 Wriggle-work: the quick and nimble animal spirits

3 Memory and ‘the Cartesian philosophy of the brain’

Appendix 1: nerves, spirits, and traces in Descartes

Appendix 2: Malebranche on memory


Part II Inner discipline

Introduction to Part 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

Appendix: memory and self in Essay II.27

8 The puzzle of survival

9 Spirits, body, and self

10 The puzzle of elimination


Part III ‘The phantasmal chaos of association’

Introduction to Part III: ‘The phantasmal chaos of association’

11 Fodor, connectionism, and cognitive discipline

12 Associationism and neo-associationism

13 Hartley’s distributed model of memory

14 Attacks on neurophilosophy: Reid and Coleridge


Part IV Connectionism and the philosophy of memory

Introduction to Part IV: connectionism and the philosophy of memory

15 Representations, realism, and history

16 Attacks on traces

17 Order, confusion, remembering