ERIC Number: ED119040
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974
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Memory in Aristotle and Some Neo-Aristotelians.
Dulin, John T.
The purpose of this paper is to present a theoretical tradition which may broaden the scope and perhaps suggest alternate avenues of investigation of the function which we call "memory." As psychology developed during the past century, the area of memory has been strongly influenced on the theoretical level by the thinking of the British Associationists and on the experimental level by the work of Ebbinghaus. This influence has tended to overshadow other significant work and to narrow the approach to memory to those hypotheses and experiments which were consistent with or derived from the Associationist tradition. This paper will attempt to provide an overview of the Aristotelian tradition, with its basic theory and conceptual distinctions on the subject of memory. It is well known that Aristotle first proposed similarity and contiguity as memory clues. What is not so well known is that he also prposed a theory of memory which was integrated into his framework of psychological functions and ultimately into his theory of man. From this basis, selected representatives of the Aristotelian tradition will be presented. As might be anticipated, these representatives will be predominantly from the field of philosophy. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (83rd, Chicago, Illinois, August 30-September 2, 1975)