Article ID: CBB072354567

Galen on the Anatomy of Memory (2022)

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Ricardo Julião (Author)


Medicina nei Secoli - Arte e Scienza
Volume: 34
Issue: 1
Pages: 55-76
Publication date: 2022
Language: English


Memory is a well-researched topic in classical philosophy and literature, but it has often not been addressed in Greco-Roman medical texts. In this text, I aim to survey some aspects of the concept of memory in Galen’s oeuvre (129 - c.216). Albeit Galen did not write any text devoted to the topic of memory, we do find in his oeuvre quite a few considerations about the role of memory in the ‘economy’ of human life. As a doctor with genuine interests in philosophy, Galen’s observations on memory are at the crossroad of philosophical and clinical ideas about remembering and forgetting. Therefore, I will look at Galen’s conception of memory in its ordinary and pathological aspects, e.g., its role in learning, epistemology, and memory disorders. This research emerges as a central aspect of Galen’s thought that the psycho-physiological condition of the organism impacts memory’s performance.

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Authors & Contributors
Boudon-Millot, Véronique
Cambiano, Giuseppe
Chiaradonna, Riccardo
Falcon, Andrea
Fausti, Daniela
Hankinson, Robert James
Journals
Medicina nei Secoli - Arte e Scienza
Galenos: Rivista di Filologia dei Testi Medici Antichi
Technai, An International Journal for Ancient Science and Technology
Publishers
University of Washington
Cambridge University Press
Carocci Editore
Edizioni di Storia e Letteratura
Edizioni ETS
Concepts
Medicine
Philosophy
Memory
Anatomy
Hippocratic medicine
Manuscripts
People
Galen
Aristotle
Plato
Asclepiades of Bithynia
Hippocrates of Cos
Archimedes
Time Periods
Ancient
Renaissance
19th century
Medieval
Places
Rome (Italy)
Greece
Europe
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