[PAST EVENT] Colloquium: Filipe De Brigard (Duke), "Vivacity and the Distinction between Memory and Imagination"

November 3, 2017
3:30pm - 5pm
James Blair Hall, Room 223
250 James Blair Dr
Williamsburg, VA 23185Map this location

Filipe De Brigard, Assistant Professor at Duke University, will deliver a philosophy presentation, "Vivacity and the Distinction between Memory and Imagination."

Abstract: Hume famously suggested that we often employ a vivacity criterion to distinguish memories from imaginations, since ideas from memory are more forceful or vivid than those from imagination. However, since its inception, Hume?s vivacity criterion has been widely criticized, and many philosophers think that it is flawed beyond redemption. I disagree. In this talk I defend a reading of Hume?s vivacity criterion that not only circumvents the most damaging arguments against it, but also has the advantage of finding strong empirical support from the field of psychometrics.  

About Professor De Brigard: His research focuses on the way in which memory and imagination interact. He has explored ways in which episodic memory both guides and constrains episodic counterfactual thinking (i.e., thoughts about alternative ways in which past personal events could have occurred).

All interested are invited; students are especially welcome!


Debbie Wilson [[dswils]] or Elizabeth Radcliffe [[eradcliffe]]