Philosophy, Psychology and Neuroscience

A new approach to involuntary memory

Some of the events that populate the stream of consciousness are experienced as voluntary. Others are not. In this paper we ask how the distinction between voluntary and involuntary mental events should be drawn. We argue — with particular reference to the theory of involuntary recollections advanced by Berntsen, 2009 -- that existing theories of this distinction make unwarranted assumptions about the role of conscious intentions. We then present a new theory, from which these assumptions have been dropped.