Philosophy of Mind [ed: Heather Salazar]
This thread will be for discussions related to the Philosophy of Mind book of the Introduction to Philosophy open textbook series. See the full project summary.
The main questions in the philosophy of mind are derived from puzzles involving trying to develop a coherent theory of the nature and functions of the mind. Beginning with the nature of the mind, they include: Are minds separate from bodies or is the mind really just the body? If the mind is immaterial and the body material, how do they interact? How can this fit in with science? If the mind is just the body, then how is consciousness explained? How can we have experiences or free will to think and act? How can we explain the special relationship we seem to have with knowing our own mental states?
How to participate:
We’ll be looking for formatters to assist with formatting and layout in Pressbooks.
If you’d like to volunteer, let us know by leaving a comment below!
Book Outline – This doc gives an overview of the part and details each of the chapters to be written
Chapter Assignments – Want to claim a chapter? Look at the chapters that need an author, and let us know in below, or in the general discussion thread.
Author Guide – Read this guide to find out more about what committing to author a chapter involves.
Thanks to everyone who provided their feedback on the outline for this part! It is now closed for comments. We will start looking for chapter authors very soon, and if you’re interested, just add your name to the spreadsheet at the top of the page.
FYI: the chapter assignments document has ALL the chapter assignments for each part. Please click on “philosophy of mind” on the tabs at the bottom, or go straight there: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1n44S8YwSiV5m17c8CmY7J-WSN_zur0LAFVpYKFnZx4I/edit#gid=1182067482
I would like to contribute to Descartes Substance Dualism and Consciousness
or any other topic related to representationalism/self-representationalism.
@vajramadhu Hello and welcome! Could you please introduce yourself a bit and your background/experience in philosophy? That will help us think best about where you might fit into the project. Thanks!
I am Madhu Mangal Chaturvedi, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Shri Mata Vaishno Devi University, Katra, Jammu, India.
I have PhD in philosophy from Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, India. I worked on the problem of subjectivity. I got my PhD in 2014 and have been teaching philosophy since 2012.
My area of research is philosophy of mind and consciousness.
I would like to contribute to this project by writing chapters on consciousness or any other topic related to philosophy of mind. However, I think a separate section on representationalism is a must.
@apurva I am Robin Luke Varghese, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Manipal University Jaipur. My current teaching assignments are at the undergraduate level. I earned my PhD from University of Hyderabad in 2015. Philosophy of mind is my primary area of interest and I focuses on the poroblems of the relation between consciousness and selfhood.
It looks like a very interesting project and I would like to be a part of it, if given a chance.Chapters on Behaviourism and Materialism, Qualia and Raw feelings, Functionalism, Descartes and Substance Duaism are my preferences, yet I would be happy to offer chapters on any other themes as well. I also suggest that a chapter on Personal Identity/Self would be an ideal addition to the proposed text book since it is a much discussed sub-area within Philosophy of Mind.
@vajramadhu Hi Madhu! I forgot that we’re asking people to do one more thing; can you send a CV to Zoe and Apurva from Rebus? They are keeping track of all expressions of interest and CVs, because we’re getting lots of people interested and we want to have all the information gathered by them centrally. They’ll then make sure all the editors have access to that information. Then the Part Editor for this section will get in touch!
Here are the email addresses:
@robinlukevarghese Welcome, Robin! I got your email with your CV so we’re good there. We’ll be in touch soon!
@clhendricksbc Thanks and regards.
My name is Nathan Smith. I’m instructor of philosophy at Houston Community College. I sent a CV to Apurva and Zoe. Thanks for doing this! I think it’s a great opportunity.
I have a PhD from Boston College and the University of Paris, Sorbonne. I did my dissertation on Rene Descartes and the origins of his concept of mind in the Regulae (an early work on method). My specialization is in the history of philosophy, primarily 17th century philosophy and early phenomenology. However, I’ve been teaching philosophy at Houston Community College since 2008. Before that, I was a teaching fellow at Boston College for 4 years. I have taught a range of entry level courses and have developed a considerable amount of resources for my students, including a model course on Introduction to Philosophy, public domain (and preprint) primary source texts together with my own notes. I hope I can help.
I’d like to contribute on the issues of dualism and physicalism. I believe I could contribute some historical perspective as well as reference to the more contemporary debates in the 90s and 00s between Chalmers, Dennett, and Kim. I’d also like to tackle some of the mental content issues. This is an interest of mine.
@smithnd Hi Nathan, welcome to the Rebus Community, and thanks for your interest in the project! I see that you’ve sent along your CV, so I will pass it to Heather who will make final decisions for this part in January.
I would like to contribute to this textbook. I’m interested in writing the chapter on Concepts and Content. Here’s a bit about my work:
My work spans linguistics, philosophy, and cognitive science, with a focus on the study of language and mind. I have taught and tutored in linguistics, philosophy of science, cognitive science, philosophy of mind, and philosophy of language courses. I am currently working on completing my book, Perfectly thinkable thoughts: On the role of language in human cognition.
@e.asoulin Hi Eran, thanks for your interest in the project, and welcome to the Rebus Community!
Your research interests seem quite expansive! Could you tell us a bit more about your experience teaching philosophy of mind courses, and if any were at the introductory level?
At this stage of the project, we’re asking for CVs to be shared either here on the forum, or sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. I’ll be passing these along to the Part Editor, Heather Salazar, who will make final decisions on chapter assignments in January.