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.

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 …

#MindsOnline2016: Skill, Expertise, and Attention

The opening session of the 2016 Minds Online Conference, on Skill Expertise, and Attention, has begun! The talks in this session are: Keynote: “Longer, Smaller, Faster Stronger: on skills and intelligence“, by Ellen Fridland (King’s College London) “Do we reflect when performing skilful actions?”, by Juan Pablo Bermudez (Universidad Externado de Colombia) Commentators: Lieke Asma, Michael …

#MindsOnline2016: Contributed papers on Skill, Expertise, and Attention are now available!

The contributed papers and commentaries for the opening session of the 2016 Minds Online Conference, on Skill Expertise, and Attention, are now available to preview. They are: Juan Pablo Bermudez (Universidad Externado de Colombia), Do we reflect while performing skillful actions? Automaticity, control, and the perils of distraction Denis Buehler (Universidad Nacional Autónoma …

CFP Special Issue of Minds and Machines on Computation and Representation in Cognitive Neuroscience

GUEST EDITOR Gualtiero Piccinini, University of Missouri – St. Louis INTRODUCTION Cognitive neuroscientists routinely explain cognition in terms of neural computations over neural representations. Yet some critics argue that cognitive neuroscience does not need the notions of neural computation and representations or, worse, that these notions are untenable. Whether or …

Call for Unpublished Studies on Means/Byproduct Distinction

Josh May and I are conducting a meta-analysis on judgments related to the Doctrine of Double Effect. In particular, we are interested in seeing if the byproduct/means distinction is reflected in everyday moral judgments. The classic cases that illustrate the byproduct/means distinction are the Bystander and Footbridge cases (respectively). Or …

Final CFP: 4th Annual Philosophers’ Cocoon Philosophy Conference

This is a final call-for-papers for the 4th Annual Philosophers’ Cocoon Philosophy Conference (PCPC), which is provisionally scheduled to be held at University of Tampa from Saturday October 8th to Sunday October 9th, 2016. If you’re curious about what the conference has been like in past years, see here! As in the past, this year’s conference will be …

Call for commentators: “Personal Identity, Direction of Change, and Neuroethics”

Brains invites philosophers and academics in other relevant disciplines to act as a commentator for our upcoming symposium, the second in our series on papers published in the journal Neuroethics. The target paper by Kevin Tobia (Yale) is titled “Personal Identity, Direction of Change, and Neuroethics” (abstract below). We are looking …

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