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Date of Award

Summer 8-15-2016

Author's School

Graduate School of Arts and Sciences

Author's Department

Philosophy/Neuroscience, and Psychology

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Degree Type



In my dissertation, I offer an empirically informed theory of narrativity, a psychological capacity that plays a critical role in the recent philosophical debates about the self, memory and consciousness. To do this, I develop a teleological account of narrative explanation, explain the role of narratives in memory formation and offer a model of the functions that narratives play in human lives. Building on this foundation, I then consider the Dennett-Velleman debate over the narrative self.


English (en)

Chair and Committee

John Doris, Carl Craver

Committee Members

Ron Mallon, Elizabeth Schechter, Daniel Povinelli


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