The book of science

Tom Sharp

Robert Hooke psychology


Theories of memory

Life in memory

Robert Hooke read his lecture on memory to members of the Royal Society twice in June 1682. It was published postumously in 1705 but was overlooked for two hundred years.

Hooke was aware of models of memory reviewed in by his aquaintance Joseph Glanvill—“The Peripatetic, the Cartesian, the Digbean, and the Hobbian.” Hooke might not have been aware of parallel thoughts on memory by John Locke, who also attributes to memory our sense of time, but he is likely to have developed his theory in reaction to Henry More, who claimed that memory is contained in the soul with no physical tie to the brain.

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