A Story to Remember

Abstract: In my dissertation, I offer an empirically informed theory of narrativity, a psychological capacity that plays a critical role in the recent philosophical debates about the self, memory and consciousness. To do this, I develop a teleological account of narrative explanation, explain the role of narratives in memory formation and offer a model for the functions that narratives play in human lives. Building on this foundation, I then develop an account of reasoning based on narratives, in which decisions are made by “remembering” similar stories within dialogue with others.

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