Movements, memory, and mixture: Aristotle, confusion, and the historicity of memory

John Sutton*

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Aristotle frequently discusses specific material constraints on memory and recollection. This essay reinterprets his fluid physiological psychology of memory, which depends on the stability of bodily movements or traces, in light of his general theory of mixture. It proposes new ways to link memory and metaphysics in the Aristotelian tradition; counters a popular historical narrative which sets Aristotle at the origin of a static Western ‘archival model’ of memory; and suggests the relevance for contemporary philosophy and science of Aristotle’s view of the potential existence of movements in memory.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe internal senses in the Aristotelian tradition
EditorsSeyed N. Mousavian, Jakob Leth Fink
Place of PublicationCham, Switzerland
PublisherSpringer Nature Switzerland AG
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9783030334086
ISBN (Print)9783030334079
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Publication series

NameStudies in the History of Philosophy of Mind
ISSN (Print)1573-5834
ISSN (Electronic)2542-9922

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