Memory and Understanding: Concept Formation in Proust's A la Recherche Du Temps Perdu

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John Benjamins Publishing, Jan 1, 2005 - Psychology - 158 pages
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This book treats memory and understanding on two levels, on the phenomenological level of experience, on which a theory of dynamic conceptual semantics is built, and on the neuro-connectionist level, which supports the capacities of concept formation, remembering, and understanding. A neuro-connectionist circuit architecture of a constructive memory is developed in which understanding and remembering are modelled in accordance with the constituent structures of a dynamic conceptual semantics. Consciousness emerges by circuit activation between conceptual indicators and episodic indices with the sensory-motor, emotional, and proprioceptual areas. This theory of concept formation, remembering, and understanding is applied to Proust s "A la recherche du temps perdu," with special attention to the author s excursions into philosophical and aesthetic issues. Under this perspective, Proust s work can be seen as an artistic exploration into our capacity of understanding, whereby the unconscious, the memory, is exteriorized in consciousness by presenting the experienced episodes in the conceptual order of similarity and contiguity through our capacity of concept formation. (Series A)
 

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Contents

Preface
1
Memory and remembering
17
How memory works in understanding
26
Remembering structured from out the episodic memory base
41
The architecture of remembrance and deficiencies of memory
53
The role of memory in understanding
61
Bergson on memory perception action and understanding
67
Individual and general concepts in Prousts novel
76
The method of the author
89
Time Regained and timeless order
96
The aesthetic experience
106
Habits routines and general concepts
134
The conscious and the unconscious
137
Index
153
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Bartsch-University of Amsterdam

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