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Carving event and episodic memory at their joints

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  22 January 2018

Nazim Keven*
Department of Philosophy, Bilkent University, TR-06800 Bilkent, Ankara, Turkey.


Mahr & Csibra (M&C) argue that event and episodic memories share the same scenario construction process. I think this way of carving up the distinction throws the baby out with the bathwater. If there is a substantive difference between event and episodic memory, it is based on a difference in the construction process and how they are organized, respectively.

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