Philosophy of Mind [part ed: Heather Salazar]

  • @apurva Sure. I’ve taught/tutored an introductory philosophy of mind course called Computers, brains, and minds, which is basically an introduction to the main issues in philosophy of mind (such as dualism, the nature of content, mental representations, the computational theory of mind etc.). The course also looks at what the implications are for cognitive science when the issues in philosophy of mind are taken into account.

    I’ll email you my cv now.



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    @eran.asoulin Thanks for sharing. It sounds like an interesting course!

    I’ve received your CV, and will pass along to Heather who will make final decisions. Stay tuned for the chapter assignments in January!

  • @robinlukevarghese Personal identity as a separate chapter is a great idea. Did you send your cv already? I’ll be looking into chapter assignments soon. What chapters do you prefer, in order?

  • @eran.asoulin Wonderful! Which chapter do you prefer? Perhaps the one on functionalism? Or do you suggest a different chapter?

  • @vajramadhu Thank you for posting. I will consider you for the consciousness chapter. What do you mean by representationalism? I assume that would be covered on concepts and content.

  • @smithnd Hi, I’m the editor of the Phil Mind section. It sounds like your interests are spread over the chapters. Which chapter do you see yourself fitting into most at the moment? If you do early phenomenology, do you see a chapter on that for the volume? If so, what would it look like? If you haven’t already, please also submit a cv. I look forward to reading more about what you’d like to contribute.

  • @apurva Hello Eran, I replied to a later comment of yours before seeing this one. I see now that you prefer concepts and content. I would love to see your cv, but at the moment you seem like a very good fit for this chapter. It is one of my favorites. Might I ask you which philosophers you are interested in including?

  • @vajramadhu I have just viewed your cv and see that you have written on Indian philosophy of mind. If we were able to include a chapter on Indian philosophy of mind, what would you cover?

  • @robinlukevarghese I saw your cv and I think you would be a great fit for a chapter on the self or a chapter on subjectivity. I don’t have either in the official table of contents but think it would be a good idea to add both. Which do you prefer?

  • @heathersalazarom Thanks a lot for considering self/Subjectivity as an addition. As you know from my CV, it is one of my main focal and favourite areas of interest. Regarding the choice of the theme/title in this connection, my suggestion is to consider “Self” which I think can accommodate both the problems of personal identity and subjectivity to a great extent. The notion of Self as I see it is closely knitted to them, especially from a first person perspective. At the same time, it is too broad a notion to cover within the stipulated word limit, but hopeful that it can be done. I would certainly think over it and let you know, a somewhat concrete picture with respect to the detailed contents as we continue our conversation.

  • @heathersalazarom Hi Heather, thanks for your reply. I haven’t thought about specific philosophers yet, but I’ll definitely include discussion of the big names in the field such as Hilary Putnam, Saul Kripke, and Tyler Burge. I’d also like to include some discussion of Jerry Fodor’s work - he has written a great deal about the nature of concepts and where their content comes from. And then if space allows I’d like to discuss some of the lesser known (but still very insightful) work of people such as Frances Egan and Ruth Millikan.

  • @heathersalazarom Thanks for the reply and the suggestion. So, what I would propose is to do a historical chapter on the philosophy of mind. I would actually begin with Aristotle, since his hylomorphism has become an inspiration for some of the dual-aspect theories in contemporary philosophy and I think it provides a very interesting context for talking about Descartes. Then I would talk about Cartesian dualism and its arguments, including Descartes’ correspondence with Elizabeth on interaction and his debate with Hobbes. I would look briefly at other views, like materialism in Hobbes, Gassendi, and Margaret Cavendish (each of which has a different approach to materialism). Given that the topic of mental content is discussed elsewhere, it would be good to indicate the historical origins in Locke and Descartes’ theory of ideas as well as, perhaps, the primary/secondary quality distinction. And given the interest in personal identity, it would be interesting to mention Locke’s psychological view and Hume’s bundle theory.

    As for phenomenology, I see this as linking to a section on mental content. I would discuss the notion of intentionality and intentional inexistence in Brentano. Also, I would look at criticisms of Descartes in Husserl, Heidegger, and Merleau Ponty only to point out that while phenomenology takes mental content as transparent to consciousness, but distances itself from Descartes’ substance dualism. I could expand this a bit with a discussion of the intentional stance in Dennett and the notion of non-representational mental content. I don’t think I have 3000 words here. Probably more like 1500 would be appropriate, given the audience.

  • Hi Heather,

    This project looks great and I’d love to be part of it.

    In particular, I’d like to write the chapter on Free Will. I’m a philosophy professor at Red Deer College . I completed my PhD in philosophy at Florida State University with a concentration in philosophy of action/free will. My research and publications have mainly focused on free will/moral responsibility and moral psychology. I teach an undergraduate survey on current issues surrounding free will annually.

    Let me know your thoughts.


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    @haasdd Hi Dan, thanks for your interest in the project!

    We’re currently asking people to submit CVs, and if possible, a brief summary of their experience teaching introductory courses on philosophy of mind. Can you share this with me ( I will pass along to @heathersalazarom who will make final decisions regarding authors.

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