Shared remembering and distributed affect: varieties of psychological interdependence

John Sutton*

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    A significant feature of human life is our psychological interdependence: our cognitive and affective states are related to and mutually influence those of certain other people. What each of us feels and remembers, what matters to each of us about present and past, and the way we imagine and plan for the future, is influenced by what those others feel, remember, and care about. This chapter builds on recent suggestions that both remembering and feeling are in certain circumstances worldly or socially shared activities rather than entirely internal. I ask how social aspects of memory relate to the distributed nature of affective phenomena such as emotions and moods. Identifying four ways in which distributed affect implicates distinctive forms of memory, the chapter goes on to assess what is ‘shared’ in cases of socially distributed memory, emotion, and action. Arguing that there are many forms of psychological interdependence, I make the case that complementary or meshing relations between people in different cognitive and affective states are often more significant than convergence or synchrony across interacting individuals.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationNew directions in the philosophy of memory
    EditorsKourken Michaelian, Dorothea Debus, Denis Perrin
    Place of PublicationLondon
    PublisherTaylor & Francis
    Number of pages19
    ISBN (Electronic)9781351660020, 9781315159591
    ISBN (Print)9781138065604
    Publication statusPublished - 2018

    Publication series

    NameRoutledge studies in contemporary philosophy


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