This chapter discusses autobiographical memory and the pictures of the mind (e.g., as a repository of ideas) it can promote. It also details the long-engrained picture of the theatre of consciousness, the metaphor of objects before the mind and Donald Davidson's critique of this, and the empirical conception of the experiential content of first-person memory. The chapter also analyses Wittgenstein's efforts to break the spell of that empiricist conception, Wittgenstein's very different way of understanding a ‘descent into ourselves’, philosophy as conceptual therapy, the philosophical value of the turn to particular cases, Wittgenstein's conception of philosophy and philosophical progress, and Stanley Cavell's extension of this tradition.
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