This book offers a feminist philosophical analysis of contemporary public skepticism about women's memories of past harm. It concentrates primarily on writings associated with the False Memory Syndrome Foundation (FMSF), founded in 1992 as a lobby for parents whose adult children have accused them of some abuse after a period of having not remembered it.
Sue Campbell is associate professor of philosophy and women's studies at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She is the author of Interpreting the Personal (1997) and co-editor of Racism and Philosophy (1999).
Chapter 1 Constructing the "memory wars" Chapter 2 Respecting rememberers Chapter 3 Framing women's testimony: narrative position and memory authority Chapter 4 The subjects of therapy: Revisiting Trauma and Recovery Chapter 5 "The feeling of identity is quite wanting...in the true woman": Models of memory and moral character Chapter 6 Suggestibility, misdesign, and social skepticism Chapter 7 The costs of a stereotype: Defending women's confidential records Chapter 8 A singular and representative life: Personal memory and systematic harms