Pete Mandik

Professor (Full), Department of Philosophy, William Paterson University; Ph.D. (2000), Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology, Washington University in St. Louis.

Research statement: My research concerns points of intersection between philosophy of mind and the cognitive sciences, especially neuroscience, psychology, and artificial intelligence. I am primarily interested in naturalistic accounts of consciousness and intentionality. My main lines of research to date have focused largely on three areas: (1) neurophilosophical explanations of phenomenal consciousness, (2) artificial-life experiments on the evolutionary emergence of representational content, and (3) the role of action-oriented representations as the basis for enactive cognition and perception. My most recent directions for exploration are: type-Q materialist (Quinean) explanations of consciousness, especially conscious color vision; alternate architectures for posthuman minds (alternate minds in a hypothetical post-singularity era); and analytic philosophy of mind approaches to meditation.

Courses recently taught: Philosophy of Space and Time; Philosophy and Science Fiction; Meditation and Philosophy; Philosophy of Mind; Philosophy of Science.

Recent books: This Is Philosophy of Mind: An Introduction (2013, Wiley); Key Terms in Philosophy of Mind (2010, Continuum).

Recent articles: What is Visual and Phenomenal but Concerns neither Hue nor Shade? (2014); Conscious-state Anti-realism (in press); Mental Colors, Conceptual Overlap, and Discriminating Knowledge of Particulars (2012); Color-Consciousness Conceptualism (2012); Supervenience and Neuroscience (2011).

Other news: I'm in the New York Times with my band, Quiet Karate Reflex and the rest of the New York Consciousness Collective (2012); I'm interviewed for 3am Magazine (2012); My painting Exomusicology is the cover art for Eric Schwitzgebel's book The Perplexities of Consciousness (2011).

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  1. Mandik, Pete. (2014). What is Visual and Phenomenal but Concerns neither Hue nor Shade?. In R. Brown (Ed.), Consciousness Inside and Out: Phenomenology, Neuroscience, and the Nature of Experience, Studies in Brain and Mind 6, (pp. 219-227). London, Springer. DOI 10.1007/978-94-007-6001-1 17
  2. Mandik, Pete. (2012). Mental Colors, Conceptual Overlap, and Discriminating Knowledge of Particulars. Consciousness and Cognition, 21(2), 641-643,
  3. Mandik, Pete. (2012). Color-Consciousness Conceptualism. Consciousness and Cognition. 21 (2), 617-631,

  1. Mandik, Pete. (in press). Conscious-state Anti-realism. In: Munoz-Suarez, C. and De Brigard, F. Content and Consciousness Revisited. Berlin: Springer.
  2. Mandik, Pete. (2010). Swamp Mary's Revenge: Deviant Phenomenal Knowledge and Physicalism. Philosophical Studies. 148 (2), 231-247.
  3. Mandik, Pete. (2009). Beware of the Unicorn: Consciousness as Being Represented and Other Things that Don't Exist. Journal of Consciousness Studies. 16(1), 5-36.
  4. Mandik, Pete. (2006) The Introspectability of Brain States as Such. In: Keeley, Brian (ed.) Paul M. Churchland: Contemporary Philosophy in Focus. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. pp. 66-87.
  5. Mandik, Pete and Weisberg, Josh. (2008). Type-Q Materialism. In Chase Wrenn, ed. Naturalism, Reference, and Ontology: Essays in Honor of Roger F. Gibson, New York: Peter Lang Publishing. pp. 223-246.
  6. Mandik, Pete. (2008). An Epistemological Theory of Consciousness? In Alessio Plebe & Vivian M. De La Cruz (eds.),Philosophy in the Neuroscience Era. Rome: Squilibri. pp.136-158.

  1. Mandik, Pete. (2010). Control Consciousness. Topics in Cognitive Science, 2 (4), 643-657.
  2. Mandik, Pete. (2005). Action Oriented Representation. In: Brook, Andrew and Akins, Kathleen (eds.) Cognition and the Brain: The Philosophy and Neuroscience Movement. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. pp. 284-305.
  3. Grush, Rick and Mandik, Pete. (2002). Representational Parts. Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences. 1 (4): 389-394.
  4. Mandik, Pete and Clark, Andy. (2002). Selective Representing and World Making. Minds and Machines 12(3): 383-395.
  5. Mandik, Pete. (1999) Qualia, Space, and Control. Philosophical Psychology 12 (1): 47-60.
  6. Mandik, Pete. (1998). Handlung und Erfahrung: Ueber die konstitutive Rolle motorischer Kontrolle bei der Erzeugung raeumlicher Qualia [Action and Experience: On the Constitutive Role of Motor Control in the Generation of Spatial Qualia]. InBewusstsein und Repraesentation [Consciousness and Representation] (eds.) Heinz-Dieter Heckman and Frank Esken. Paderborn: Ferdinand Schoningh.

  1. Mandik, Pete. (2002). Synthetic Neuroethology. Metaphilosophy. 33 (1-2): 11-29. Reprinted in CyberPhilosophy: The Intersection of Philosophy and Computing, James H. Moor and Terrell Ward Bynum, (eds.), Oxford: Blackwell, 2002.
  2. Mandik, Pete, Collins, Mike, and Vereschagin, Alex. (2007). Evolving Artificial Minds and Brains. In: Andrea Schalley and Drew Khlentzos (eds.) Mental States, Vol. 1: Nature, Function, Evolution. Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishers. pp. 75-94.
  3. Mandik, Pete. (2008). Cognitive Cellular Automata. Complex Biological Systems: Applications in Real Life. Hyderabad, India: Icfai University Press.
  4. Mandik, Pete. (2003). Varieties of Representation in Evolved and Embodied Neural Networks. Biology and Philosophy. 18 (1): 95-130.

  1. Mandik, Pete. (1998) Objectivity Without Space. The Electronic Journal of Analytic Philosophy, Special Issue on the Philosophy of Gareth Evans.
  2. Mandik, Pete. (2001) Mental Representation and the Subjectivity of Consciousness. Philosophical Psychology 14 (2): 179-202.
  3. Mandik, Pete. (2009). The Neurophilosophy of Subjectivity. In: Bickle, John (ed.) The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy and Neuroscience. Oxford: Oxford University Press. pp. 601-618.
  4. Mandik, Pete. (2001) Points of View from the Brain's Eye View: Subjectivity and Neural Representation. Philosophy and the Neurosciences: A Reader. (Eds.) William Bechtel, Pete Mandik, Jennifer Mundale, and Robert Stufflebeam, Oxford: Basil Blackwell. pp. 312-327.
  5. Mandik, Pete. (2008). L'exploit Neurologique de L'objectivité. In: Poirier, Pierre and Faucher, Luc (eds.) Des Neurosciences à la Philosophie: Neurophilosophie et philosophie des neurosciences. Paris: Éditions Syllepse. pp. 453-476.
  6. Mandik, Pete. (2005). Phenomenal Consciousness and the Allocentric-Egocentric Interface. In: R. Buccheri et al. (eds.); Endophysics, Time, Quantum and the Subjective. World Scientific Publishing Co. pp. 463-485.

  1. Mandik, Pete. (2011). Supervenience and Neuroscience. Synthese. 180 (3), 443-463,
  2. Mandik, Pete. (2006). The Neurophilosophy of Consciousness. In: Velmans, Max and Schneider, Susan (eds.) The Blackwell Companion to Consciousness. Oxford: Basil Blackwell. pp. 418-430
  3. Bechtel, William, Mandik, Pete, and Mundale, Jennifer (2001). Philosophy Meets the Neurosciences. In: Bechtel W, Mandik P, Mundale J, and Stufflebeam RS (eds.) Philosophy and the neurosciences: A reader. Oxford: Basil Blackwell. pp. 4-22.
  4. Bickle, John, Mandik, Peter, and Landreth, Anthony, (2012). The Philosophy of Neuroscience. The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Summer 2012 Edition), Edward N. Zalta (ed.), URL = . [updated from 1999 version by Bickle & Mandik]
  5. Brook, Andrew and Mandik, Pete. (2007). The Philosophy and Neuroscience Movement. Analyse & Kritik 29(1): 3-23.
  6. Mandik, Pete and Brook, Andrew. (2005). Introduction. In: Brook, Andrew and Akins, Kathleen (eds.) Cognition and the Brain: The Philosophy and Neuroscience Movement. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. pp. 1-24.

  1. Mandik, Pete. (2007). Shit Happens. Episteme: A Journal of Social Epistemology. 4 (2), 205-218,
  2. Mandik, Pete. (2007). Picturing, Showing, and Solipsism in Wittgenstein's Tractatus. Analysis and Metaphysics 6(1). Reprinted in Marin Turelea and George Lazaroiu (eds.) (2009) Wittgenstein and Contemporary Philosophy. Bucharest, Romania: Ars Academica. pp. 152-159.

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