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Memory and the SelfPhenomenology, Science and Autobiography$
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Mark Rowlands

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190241469

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190241469.001.0001

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The Waters of Lethe

The Waters of Lethe

(p.193) Chapter 10 The Waters of Lethe
Memory and the Self

Mark Rowlands

Oxford University Press

I am always and necessarily present in the content of my memories. This fact allows us to account for the unity and identity of the autobiographical self: The R-Self recognizes the W-Self as identical with it, the R-Self, because the R-Self is present in each and every one of the memories that forms the record of the life of the W-Self. It is present in each of these memories because it is responsible for making what it remembers into the sort of thing that can be remembered. This explains the sense in which our memories make us who we are, despite their paucity and inaccuracy.

Keywords:   autobiographical self, content, episode, Rilkean memory, style

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