Memory and Consciousness

  • Gianfranco Dalla Barba
Part of the Neurobiological Foundation of Aberrant Behaviors book series (NFAB, volume 3)


Before going any further, it is worth summarising the points established so far. First of all we saw that current theories of memory are based on a paradox: that the past is passively preserved in memory traces. We then demonstrated how these theories are based on a fallacy, the homunculus fallacy, that is on the assumption that there is a sort of unconscious consciousness which, however, cannot be accounted for if not with a solutio ad infinitum. Then in our description we established certain characteristics of consciousness, most importantly that of having to be consciousness of something. A study of temporality allowed us to identify the conditions under which the past comes into being and establishes itself as an organised form of consciousness. Finally, we established the ontological conditions under which knowing and remembering come into being and present themselves as distinct acts of man’s concrete existence.


Recognition Memory Semantic Memory Conscious Experience Experimental Phenomenology Phenomenological Reduction 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  • Gianfranco Dalla Barba
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  1. 1.Institut National de la Santé et de la Recherche MédicaleFrance

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