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Seeing the FutureTheoretical Perspectives on Future-Oriented Mental Time Travel$
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Kourken Michaelian, Stanley B. Klein, and Karl K. Szpunar

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190241537

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190241537.001.0001

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Temporal Consciousness and Confabulation

Temporal Consciousness and Confabulation

When Mental Time Travel Takes the Wrong Track

(p.119) 6 Temporal Consciousness and Confabulation
Seeing the Future

Gianfranco Dalla Barba

Oxford University Press

Mental time travel, including future mental time travel, does not exist stricto sensu. Individuals can remember their past, be present to their present world, and foresee their future, but they don’t travel in time; they do not move, physically or mentally, an inch from the present they are anchored in. Starting from this assumption, this chapter first discusses the phenomenological ontology of personal temporality, and shows that the concept of memory traces is paradoxical since it is logically inconceivable that the past is contained in memory traces. Personal and impersonal temporality are phenomenologically different; they are the expression of two different types of consciousness, temporal consciousness (TC) and knowing consciousness (KC), and there is no ontological or causal priority of personal past on personal future. The chapter then describes TC within the framework of the Memory, Consciousness, and Temporality Theory and discusses confabulation and amnesia within this framework.

Keywords:   temporal consciousness, mental time travel, memory, amnesia, confabulation

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