Essay Prize: Neuroscience and Philosophy

Hi Brains! Please consider the exciting essay prize contest hosted by Bence Nanay at the University of Antwerp. Details below. Ninth Annual Essay Prize at the Centre for Philosophical Psychology, University of Antwerp Topic: Neuroscience and philosophy.Eligibility: The Essay Prize is open to those who received their PhD after May …

Brains contributors at the 2020 HowTheLightGetsIn Festival (Sept 19, 20)

The 2020 HowTheLightGetsIn Festival will offer 19 hours of “world beating live content” including talks, debates, and more on September 19th and 20th. Join hundreds of livestreams catered to time zones in Delhi, New York and London. Festival goers will be able to meet the speakers, make friends, talk over …

Introducing the Brains blog’s new Managing Editors

I am very pleased to announce that Dan Burnston and Nick Byrd have agreed to take over my position as Managing Editors of the Brains blog, effective today. Robert Briscoe and Aaron Henry will remain as Contributing Editors, while Cameron Buckner, Kristina Musholt, and Katrina Sifferd step aside from that role. Many thanks to …

ESPP 2020 cancelled

In view of the multiple uncertainties caused by the current corona virus pandemic, the ESPP executive committee has decided, with huge regret, to cancel this year’s meeting, which was scheduled to take place in Leipzig from 31st August to 3rd September. ​Pending some logistical questions, we hope to be able …

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 …

Memory and the Self: The Presence of the Self in Memory

The Presence of the Self in Memory In Memory and the Self, I operated with a claim that was, in hindsight, perhaps made a little too blithely. The essence of episodic memory, I argued, is that it presents an episode (a certain kind of state-of-affairs) in a specific way. You …

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 …

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