13.58Online Culture Editor Martin Chilton has been speaking to philosopher Mark Rowland, who has food for thought, and taken this lovely snap of Rowland and his son Brenin.
Mark Rowland, the Professor of Philosophy at the University of Miami and author of the bestselling The Philosopher and the Wolf, said: "Memory is very inconvenient, forcing itself on you. And memory is horrendously unreliable, even with events that happened relatively recenty." He quoted Friedrich Nietzsche, who said: "Memory says, 'I did that.' Pride replies, 'I could not have done that.' Eventually, memory yields.”
Thanks for your kind words about my talk. Personally, I had a blast, so I'm delighted to hear at least one other person enjoyed it too.
So sorry for taking so long to get back to you. After Hay, I had to travel extensively for the next month or so, and had little reliable access to internet.
The memory theory is an account of personal identity and is compatible with there being no sense of self. And a sense of self is, for reasons associated with Kant (his so-called 'just more content' worries), compatible with there being no personal identity. So, the two are logically independent. On the long run, the sense of self breaks down (in my case, at least). But this is compatible with there being continued identity as the person you are.