Collective mental time travel

remembering the past and imagining the future together

Kourken Michaelian*, John Sutton

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Bringing research on collective memory together with research on episodic future thought, Szpunar and Szpunar (Mem Stud 9(4):376–389, 2016) have recently developed the concept of collective future thought. Individual memory and individual future thought are increasingly seen as two forms of individual mental time travel, and it is natural to see collective memory and collective future thought as forms of collective mental time travel. But how seriously should the notion of collective mental time travel be taken? This article argues that, while collective mental time travel is disanalogous in important respects to individual mental time travel, the concept of collective mental time travel nevertheless provides a useful means of organizing existing findings, while also suggesting promising directions for future research.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4933–4960
Number of pages28
JournalSynthese
Volume196
Issue number12
Early online date26 May 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2019

Keywords

  • memory
  • episodic future thought
  • mental time travel
  • collective memory
  • collective future thought
  • collective intentionality
  • intentional stance

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