28Abstractive Explanation, Experiential ExplanationTopics in Cognitive Science. forthcoming.People often answer why-questions with what we call experiential explanations: narratives or stories with temporal structure and concrete details. In contrast, on most theories of the epistemic function of explanation, explanations should be abstractive: structured by general relationships and lacking extraneous details. We suggest that abstractive and experiential explanations differ not only in level of abstraction, but also in structure, and that each form of explanation contributes to the ep…Read more
131Memory is a Modeling SystemMind and Language. forthcoming.This paper aims to reconfigure the place of memory in epistemology. I start by rethinking the problem that memory systems solve; rather than merely functioning to store information, I argue that the core function of any memory system is to support accurate and relevant retrieval. This way of specifying the function of memory has consequences for which structures and mechanisms make up a memory system. In brief, memory systems are modeling systems. This means that they generate, update and manage…Read more
42Retrieval is central to the distinctive function of episodic memoryBehavioral and Brain Sciences 41. 2018.
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University of ArizonaDepartment of PhilosophyAssistant Professor
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Department of Philosophy
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