Call for Participation: Survey on Mental Representation

Hi there Brains Blog readers. Please see the call for participation below from Edouard Machery and Luis Favela. Call for Participants: Survey on The Concept of Representation in the Mind Sciences  I am Dr. Edouard Machery, Distinguished Professor in the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of …

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We are delighted to have Emiliano Loria blogging this week on Learning Through Others, an open access (i.e., free to download) and newly published book by Accademia University Press. You can find all of Emiliano’s posts about the book on one page here (as they become available).

JOB: Tulane University

The Tulane Philosophy Department in connection with the Cognitive Studies Program invites applications for a one-year Visiting Assistant Professor to start fall 2020. Teaching responsibilities will include expository science writing and one or more of the core Cognitive Studies courses, such as: Mind in Evolution, Consciousness, Foundations of Cognitive Science, and …

York Vision Science Summer School 2020: Most Expenses Paid

CVR-VISTA Vision Science Summer School, 2020 YORK UNIVERSITY, TORONTO, CANADA The Centre for Vision Research (CVR) at York University in Toronto, Canada offers a one-week, most-expenses-paid undergraduate summer school on vision science.  This year’s program will be held June 8-12, 2020. This year’s summer school is being held in cooperation with the Vision: Science to Applications (VISTA) initiative that has …

JOB: Tulane University

The Tulane University Philosophy Department is hiring a Professor of Practice in the area of Asian Philosophy/Buddhism, with an AOC in the Philosophy of Mind.  Professors of practice are non-tenure track but continuing positions with full benefits, and with opportunities for long-term employment and increases in compensation.  Professors of practice …

Update to “Philosophy of Neuroscience” Entry in the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

The Fall 2019 revision/update of the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy’s “Philosophy of Neuroscience” entry includes revisions to previously published sections, and an entirely new section on work in the field during the second decade of the 21st century. Detailed discussion of recent work on mechanism reflects the dominance that this …

3. The Markov Blanketed Mind

https://www.crcpress.com/Extended-Consciousness-and-Predictive-Processing-A-Third-Wave-View/Kirchhoff-Kiverstein/p/book/9781138556812 Common-sense suggests that it is perception and action that delineate a boundary for the mind. Perception is the interface where the world impacts on the mind, and action is where agents make a causal difference in the world. Chalmers (2008, 2019) suggests that this common-sense view presents the most …

2. Third-wave extended mind and predictive processing

Thanks to John Schwenkler for the invitation to guest-blog this week about our book Extended Consciousness and Predictive Processing: A Third-Wave View (Routledge, 2019): https://www.crcpress.com/Extended-Consciousness-and-Predictive-Processing-A-Third-Wave-View/Kirchhoff-Kiverstein/p/book/9781138556812 Where does your (conscious) mind stop, and the rest of the world begin? We defend what has come to be called a “third-wave” account of …

CFA: Tool Development in Experimental Neuroscience: A Science-in-Practice Workshop

Workshop Organizers: John Bickle (Mississippi State University and University of Mississippi Medical Center) Carl Craver (Washington University in St. Louis) Pensacola, Florida; Pensacola Beach Hotel To be held in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Alabama Philosophical Society, Hilton September 27-28, 2019 Call for Abstracts: 750 Words, Due July …

A Broader Conception of Mindreading

In the previous two posts, I examined challenges to the view that we regularly attribute mental states to others and explain and predict their behavior. Although these challenges do not show that mindreading is a rarely used or relatively unimportant tool, they do highlight how limited the ordinary conception of …

Neurocognitive Mechanisms: Explaining Biological Cognition

I just completed a fairly polished draft of a new book, entitled Neurocognitive Mechanisms: Explaining Biological Cognition. It gives a comprehensive defense of a computational theory of cognition updated for the era of cognitive neuroscience, including ontological foundations, with surprises for both supporters and critics of traditional computational theories of …

CFP: Essays in Philosophy issue on “The Philosophy of Memory”

Call for Papers The Philosophy of Memory Essays in Philosophy Volume 19, Number 2 Issue Date: July 2018 Submission Deadline: March 1, 2018 Issue Editors: Ian O’Loughlin (Pacific University) and Sarah Robins (University of Kansas) Memory is a fundamental element of human—and more broadly, animal—intelligence and experience. Given memory’s importance, …

Notice: M.A. Programs in Philosophy at George Washington University

The George Washington University Department of Philosophy has recently launched a terminal M.A. in Philosophy. This new graduate program complements our longstanding and highly successful M.A. in Philosophy and Social Policy. The GW Department of Philosophy’s pluralist faculty spans both analytic and continental traditions, and the new M.A. in Philosophy will provide ideal preparation …

IAI @philofbrains: “After the End of Truth”


A generation raised on Foucault and Derrida has learned to distrust claims to objective truth. Yet the mantra that ‘there is no truth’ is a paradox. Do we need a new conception of fantasy and reality to free us from the tyranny of truthmakers and the paradoxes of postmodernists alike?

Philosopher John Searle, post-postmodernist Hilary Lawsonand Historian of Ideas at Kings College London Hannah Dawson untangle the truth.

This video was produced by The Institute of Art and Ideas and is republished here with permission.  It was filmed at HowTheLightGetsIn 2015 alongside 200 other debates and talks, all available for free at IAI TV. Their new podcast, Philosophy for our times, is available here.