A short biography
Kourken Haig Michaelian works primarily on memory, which I approach from the perspectives of epistemology, philosophy of mind, and philosophy of psychology. My book, Mental Time Travel: Episodic Memory and Our Knowledge of the Personal Past (MIT 2016), argues against the causal theory of memory and develops a simulation theory according to which remembering is a matter of imagining the past. I'm currently a senior lecturer in the philosophy department at the University of Otago in New Zealand.
Title of the project for which you were invited and you research interests
Episodic memory: singular and distributed
Selected recent publications:
K. Michaelian and J. Sutton. 2017. Memory. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Ed. E. N. Zalta.
S. Bernecker and K. Michaelian, eds. 2017. The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Memory. Routledge.
K. Michaelian 2016. Mental Time Travel: Episodic Memory and Our Knowledge of the Personal Past. MIT Press.
K. Michaelian, S. B. Klein, and K. K. Szpunar, eds. 2016. Seeing the Future: Theoretical Perspectives on Future-Oriented Mental Time Travel. Oxford University Press.
K. Michaelian. 2016. Confabulating, misremembering, relearning: The simulation theory of memory and unsuccessful remembering. Frontiers in Psychology 7: 1857.
K. Michaelian. 2015. Opening the doors of memory: Is declarative memory a natural kind? Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews: Cognitive Science 6(6): 475–482.
Date of Stay: 10th of May - 18th of June