Upcoming Events at the Brains Blog

I am very pleased to announce a number of events that will take place on the Brains blog in early 2019: January 7-11: Roundtable discussion on weakness of will, organized by Julia Haas, with contributions from Nora Heinzelmann, Agnes Moors, Neil Levy, Chandra Sripada, and Zina Ward. January 14-18: Featured Author: Shannon Spaulding on How …

Neural Mechanisms 2018 Web Conference Videos Now Available!

We’re excited to share the videos from the Neural Mechanisms 2018 Web Conference entitled “New Challenges in Philosophy of Neuroscience“. The videos can be found at the Neural Mechanisms YouTube channel or in the program below—each paper title links to its YouTube video. Thanks to Marco Viola and Fabrizio Calzavarini for organizing the …

Upcoming Events at the Brains Blog

I am pleased to announce the content that will be featured at Brains in the coming weeks: From March 19-23, Armin Schulz will contribute a series of posts on Efficient Cognition: The Evolution of Representational Decision-Making, published earlier this year by The MIT Press. From March 26-30, Edouard Machery will contribute a series …

Upcoming Events at the Brains Blog

In the next few months we will continue our regular series of journal symposia at the Brains blog, and also feature visits from several authors of recent books: During the week of February 19, Chauncey Maher (Dickinson College) will blog about Plant Minds: A Philosophical Defense (Routledge, 2017). Beginning the week of March 6 we …

Memory and the Self: Phenomenology, Science and Autobiography

Thanks to John Schwenkler for the invitation to guest-blog this week about my new book, Memory and the Self: Phenomenology, Science and Autobiography (Oxford University Press NY, 2016). *** Memory and the Autobiographical Self: The Problem Intuitively, it is not unreasonable to suppose that our episodic memories play a significant …

The Scientific Reductionist and her Live Fundamentalist Position

The widespread philosophical view is that reductionism in the sciences is a dead view and perhaps slightly distasteful to boot. As I outlined in an earlier post, the received view assumes that “reductionism” is semantic, or Nagelian, reduction. The goal of such semantic reduction was to show that higher sciences …

Understanding Compositional Explanations in the Sciences

Understanding the nature of “vertical” relations whether in science, nature, mathematics, logic, or anywhere else, is a hot topic in philosophy. What is unfortunate is that, as yet, too little attention is paid to focused issues about what frameworks work best for the “vertical” relations in particular areas. However, it …

Upcoming Events at the Brains blog

With the Minds Online conference now in the rearview mirror we are back to regular programming here at Brains, including two upcoming journal symposia and visits from the authors of several new and forthcoming books: Beginning tomorrow, Tuesday 10/11, Carl Gillett will blog for several days about his book Reduction and Emergence in …

A (Belated) Happy 2016 from the Brains Blog

The past year was a great success at Brains, drawing over 170,000 total visits to the main blog and over 23,000 more to the first annual Minds Online Conference, together more than doubling our record-setting 2014. Brains also passed the mark of 1,000 followers on Facebook and is just about there on Twitter as well. …

Upcoming Events at the Brains Blog

After the end of the Minds Online conference this week, we have several featured authors and a journal symposium scheduled for the weeks ahead: From September 28 – October 2, Peter Carruthers will blog about The Centered Mind, new from Oxford University Press. From October 5 – 9, Eva Schmidt will blog about Modest …

Upcoming Events at the Brains Blog

In the coming weeks before the Minds Online Conference begins on August 31, we’ll feature posts about new books from two authors who are very well known to readers of this blog, as well as our first Neuroethics symposium: During the week of August 10, the founder of the Brains blog, Gualtiero Piccinini, …

Upcoming Events at the Brains Blog

The month of June is likely to be relatively quiet at Brains, though we will host our first Ergo symposium, on Bernard Molyneux’s “The Logic of Mind-Body Identification” with commentaries by István Aranyosi, Liz Irvine, and Jonathan Simon, shortly after the paper appears online, which should be pretty soon. We are also …