Felipe De Brigard

Felipe De Brigard

Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy

Education & Training

  • Post Doctoral Fellow, Philosophy, Harvard University 2011 - 2013

  • Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 2011

  • Visiting Instructor, Philosophy, Elon University 2009 - 2010

  • M.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 2007

  • M.A., Tufts University 2005

  • A.B., Universidad Nacional de Colombia (Colombia) 2002


Most of my research focuses on the way in which memory and imagination interact. So far, I have explored ways in which episodic memory both guides and constrains episodic counterfactual thinking (i.e., thoughts about alternative ways in which past personal events could have occurred), and how this interaction affects the perceived plausibility of imagined counterfactual events. I also explore the differential contribution of episodic and semantic memory in the generation of different kinds of counterfactual simulations, as well as the effect of counterfactual thinking on the memories they derive from. In addition, my research attempts to understand how prior experience helps to constrain the way in which we reconstruct episodic memories. Finally, I am also interested in the role of internal attention during conscious recollection. To address these issues I use behavioral and functional magnetic resonance imaging techniques, as well as the conceptual rigor of philosophical analysis.

Murray, S, Murray, ED, Stewart, G, Sinnott-Armstrong, W, and de Brigard, F. "Responsibility for forgetting (Accepted)." Philosophical Studies (February 20, 2018): 1-25. Full Text

De Brigard, F, Parikh, N, Stewart, GW, Szpunar, KK, and Schacter, DL. "Neural activity associated with repetitive simulation of episodic counterfactual thoughts." Neuropsychologia 106 (November 2017): 123-132. Full Text

Stanley, ML, Dougherty, AM, Yang, BW, Henne, P, and De Brigard, F. "Reasons Probably Won't Change Your Mind: The Role of Reasons in Revising Moral Decisions (Accepted)." Journal of Experimental Psychology: General (September 18, 2017). Full Text

Stanley, ML, Henne, P, Iyengar, V, Sinnott-Armstrong, W, and De Brigard, F. "I'm not the person I used to be: The self and autobiographical memories of immoral actions." Journal of experimental psychology. General 146.6 (June 2017): 884-895. Full Text

De Brigard, F. "Cognitive systems and the changing brain." Philosophical Explorations 20.2 (May 4, 2017): 224-241. Full Text

De Brigard, F, Rodriguez, DC, and Montañés, P. "Exploring the experience of episodic past, future, and counterfactual thinking in younger and older adults: A study of a Colombian sample." Consciousness and Cognition 51 (May 2017): 258-267. Full Text

Henne, P, Pinillos, Á, and De Brigard, F. "Cause by Omission and Norm: Not Watering Plants." Australasian Journal of Philosophy 95.2 (April 3, 2017): 270-283. Full Text

Stanley, ML, Parikh, N, Stewart, GW, and De Brigard, F. "Emotional intensity in episodic autobiographical memory and counterfactual thinking." Consciousness and Cognition 48 (February 2017): 283-291. Full Text

De Brigard, F, Brady, TF, Ruzic, L, and Schacter, DL. "Tracking the emergence of memories: A category-learning paradigm to explore schema-driven recognition." Memory & cognition 45.1 (January 2017): 105-120. Full Text

De Brigard, F. "Responsibility and the relevance of alternative future possibilities." Teoria 37.2 (January 1, 2017): 25-35.


De Brigard, F. "Memory and imagination." The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Memory. June 27, 2017. 127-140. Full Text

Banerjee, S, Cox, J, De Brigard, F, and et. al., . "The significance of cognitive neuroscience: Findings, applications and challenges." The Cognitive Neuroscience V. Ed. R Mangum and M Gazzaniga. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2014. 1071-1078.

St Jacques, P, and De Brigard, F. "Neural correlates of autobiographical memory: Methodological Considerations." The Handbook on the Cognitive Neuroscience of Memory. Ed. A Durte, M Barense, and D Addis. Wiley-Blackwell, 2013.

De Brigard, F. "What was I thinking? Dennett’s Content and Consciousness and the reality of propositional attitudes." Content and Consciousness Revisited. Ed. CM Muñoz-Suárez and F De Brigard. Springer, 2013.

De Brigard, F, Giovanello, KS, and Kaufer, D. "Neuroanatomy of Memory." Behavioral Neurology and Neuropsychiatry. Ed. DB Arcinegas, CA Anderson, and CM Filley. Cambridge University Press (CUP), 2013.

De Brigard, F. "Memoria, neurociencia y educación." La pizarra de Babel: Puentes entre neurociencia, psicologia y educación. Ed. S Lipina and M Sigman. Buenos Aires: Libros del Zorzal. 179-194.

Muñoz-Suárez, C, de Brigard, F, and Daniel, D. Content and consciousness revisited. January 1, 2015. Full Text

Montañés, P, and De Brigard, F. Neuropsicologia clinica y cognoscitiva. Univ. Nacional de Colombia, 2001.

De Brigard, F. "The Anatomy of Amnesia." Scientific American Mind (2014): 33-37.

De Brigard, F. "The New Paideia." 3:AM Magazine (2014).

De Brigard, F. "Estados Unidos: Entre ilusiones y prejuicios." Revista Javeriana (2005).

De Brigard, F. "Finding Memory: Interview with Daniel L. Schacter." Universitas Psychologica 12.5: 2605-1610.

Selected Grants

Counterfactual Simulation and Omissive Causation awarded by Office of Naval Research (Principal Investigator). 2017 to 2020

Summer Seminars in Neuroscience and Philosophy (SSNAP) awarded by John Templeton Foundation (Co-Program Leader). 2016 to 2018