Two New Releases

#1 Title: Why It Doesn’t Matter to Metaphysics What Mary Learns Artist(s): Robert Cummins, Martin Roth, Ian Harmon Label: Philosophical Studies (here) Release Date: February, 2013 Genre: Hardcore philosophy of mind #2 Title: Folk Psychology as Science Artist: Martin Roth Label: Synthese (here) Release Date: December, 2012 Genre: Post-punk philosophy …

Job at King's

Looks like a great opportunity: The Philosophy Department at King’s College London is seeking an outstanding philosopher with research expertise and teaching experience in philosophy of mind and/or philosophy of psychology. This is a three-year fixed term appointment, starting from September 2013. Further information can be found here: 

Following up on Psychosemantics

Volume 3 of Current Issues in Theoretical Philosophy (edited by Richard Schantz) is scheduled to come out early next year (for those of you familiar with it, the publication of this volume has been long delayed): https://www.degruyter.de/cont/fb/ph/detailEn.cfm?id=IS-9783110196238-1%20 Volume 3 is entitled “Prospects for Meaning,” and it promises to be pertinent to …

Haugeland on Representational Genera

In a review of John Haugeland’s Having Thought, Dan Dennett called Haugeland’s essay “Representational Genera” a “stunning piece” and a “display of philosophical move-making of the highest order” (Journal of Philosophy, December 1998).  I, too, admire this piece by Haugeland, but it seems to have gotten little attention (the piece …

Fodorian Philosophy of Psychology

The following six theses characterize what I will call Fodorian Philosophy of Psychology (FPP, for short): There are psychological laws Psychological laws are required for psychological explanations Predicates used to express scientific laws pick out genuine properties Genuine properties are properties that ground causal relations Psychological properties are functional properties …

Laws of Selection?

Jerry Fodor and Massimo Piattelli-Palmarini’s much anticipated book “What Darwin Got Wrong” is coming out in February.  I am sure many here followed the heated discussion prompted by Fodor’s LRB article “Why Pigs Don’t Have Wings” (available here: https://www.lrb.co.uk/v29/n20/jerry-fodor/why-pigs-dont-have-wings), and perhaps many have read Fodor’s (still unpublished?) manuscript “Against Darwinism” …