Notebooks

## Philosophy of Mind

03 Oct 1994 12:02

The academic discpline formerly known as philosophical psychology. Not quite the same thing as cognitive science, or neuroscience, or even artificial intelligence; unless the philosopher of mind decides that it is, and polemicizes accordingly.

Recommended:
• David Chalmers, The Conscious Mind [Revision of his doctoral thesis, which is online someplace]
• Daniel Dennett, especially Consciousness Explained
• Clark Glymour
• "Silicon Reflections", phil-sci/141
• "A Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Waste", Philosophy of Science 66 (1999): 455--471 [An entertaining, and pretty strong, attack on large swathes of contemporary philosophy of mind, by way of a review of Kim's Mind in a Physical World. Concludes: "whether the mechanisms underlying conscious mental states are separable from the mechanisms of purposive action is what matters to our conception of ourselves, and that is an empirical, not a metaphysical, question." PDF reprint]
• "When Is a Brain Like the Planet?", Philosophy of Science 74 (2007): 330--347
<li><a href="http://philrsss.anu.edu.au/~pgs/">Peter Godfrey-Smith</a>
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Nature

• "Enviromental Complexity and the Evolution of Cognition" [Summary of Complexity and the Function of the Mind; PDF]
• Carsten Griesel, "The Type-Token Distinction and the Mind and Brain Sciences", phil-sci/3860
• David Hume
• William James, Principles of Psychology [Online]
• Pete Mandik and Andy Clark, "Selective Representing and World-Making,", Minds and Machines 12 (2002): 383--395 [PDF. I've commented on this paper in my blog.]
• Ruth Garrett Millikan, Language, Thought and Other Biological Categories [To be honest, I'm not quite finished with it yet, but unless it takes a drastic turn for the worse in the last few chapters, this is excellent]
• Jean Piaget, Insights and Illusions of Philosophy
• Gilbert Ryle, The Concept of Mind [While thoroughly wrong-headed in opposing non-behavioristic psychology and mechanistic accounts of the mind, it's at the very least useful to think against, and quite well-written.]