Review of Philosophy and Psychology

, Volume 5, Issue 3, pp 413–426 | Cite as

Feeling the Past: A Two-Tiered Account of Episodic Memory

  • Jérôme DokicEmail author


Episodic memory involves the sense that it is “first-hand”, i.e., originates directly from one’s own past experience. An account of this phenomenological dimension is offered in terms of an affective experience or feeling specific to episodic memory. On the basis of recent empirical research in the domain of metamemory, it is claimed that a recollective experience involves two separate mental components: a first-order memory about the past along with a metacognitive, episodic feeling of knowing. The proposed two-tiered account is contrasted with other, reductionist two-tiered accounts as well as with reflexive accounts of episodic memory to be found in the literature.


Episodic Memory Semantic Memory Memory Experience Intentional Mode Metacognitive Judgment 
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  1. 1.École des Hautes Études en Sciences SocialesInstitut Jean-NicodParisFrance

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