Archive for the ‘Neurophilosophy’ Category

Gold and Roskies on Philosophy of Neuroscience

Thursday, May 21st, 2009

The following link [link] is to a Google books version of the following overview of the philosophy of neuroscience by Ian Gold and Adina Roskies:

Gold, I., & Roskies, A. (2008). Philosophy of Neuroscience. In The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Biology (pp. 349-380): Oxford University Press.


Philosophy of Neuroscience on PhilPapers

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

I am now PhilPapers editor for the philosophy of neuroscience and most of its subcategories. I urge Brain Hammer readers with pertinent research to make sure it’s included. See links below. Also, heed the words of Cartman.

Cartman - respect my authority

What Should We Do with Our Brain?

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

My review of Catherine Malabou’s What Should We Do with Our Brain? is now up at Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews.

French collection of neurophilosophy and philosophy of neuroscience

Friday, March 6th, 2009

Pierre Poirier and Luc Faucher have edited DES NEUROSCIENCES À LA PHILOSOPHIE: Neurophilosophie et philosophie des neurosciences.
[link to publisher's website]
[link to English version of my contribution, L'exploit neurologique de l'objectivite]

Return of the Hammer

Friday, May 23rd, 2008

Last week’s Churchlandpalooza was way cool. I met a bunch of new excellent people (AKA Brain Hammer readers) and hung out with a bunch of excellent old ones. Thanks, all of you who came up and said “hi”. Now it’s time to turn the talk into a journal article. Stay tuned. In the meantime, here’s my gianormous (10 mb) PowerPoint file, chock-full of more Swamp Marys, pre-frontal cortices, and conceptualized guava-tastings than you can shake a laser pointer at: Consciousness Without Subjectivity

Fig. 1. Proud Mary keeps on burnin’. And Blind Mary knows what it’s like to see red.


Thursday, April 3rd, 2008

Ruthlessly reductionistic John Bickle has the website up for Churchlandpalooza, AKA the University of Cincinnati 44th Annual Philosophy Colloquium: The Churchlands (May 15-17, 2008). The website has links to abstracts of the talks and photographic evidence that I may have the largest head in all of neurophilosophy.

Neurosemantics Bibliography Up and Running

Monday, March 31st, 2008

Sufficiently many people have written on neurosemantics in the past decade or so that it seems worthwhile to try to review the field as a whole. As preliminary work toward such an end, I’ve cooked up a bibliography containing abstracts and links to online works, linked here: [link]. It’s likely that I’ve accidentally left out relevant work, so recommendations for additions are highly appreciated.

For Young Neurophilosophers

Friday, February 29th, 2008

Flip Phillips, director of neuroscience at Skidmore, sends the following email:

The Neuroscience Program at Skidmore College invites applications for a post doctoral position beginning Summer 2008. This position will run for two-years with the possibility of renewal for an additional two. Skidmore College seeks candidates who are firmly committed to undergraduate education and to faculty/student collaborative research. Excellent teaching and research facilities support many opportunities for faculty/student collaborative work in the classroom, lab, and field. This position will provide a unique opportunity to work with the Skidmore Scholars in Science and Mathematics (S3M), an NSF sponsored program to increase the number of science students from traditionally under-represented groups.

For this position we seek a neuroscientist, broadly defined, but are particularly interested in applicants with specialization in neurochemistry, neurobiology, neurophilosophy and/or modeling. The successful candidate will be expected to teach three courses per year, including Introduction to Neuroscience and an advanced special topics seminar in their area of specialty. This position also includes the supervision of the S3M students as well as direction of the Sophomore Summer Transitional Program. The SSTP takes place over five-weeks in the summer and is designed to facilitate the intellectual development of the S3M students as they begin to understand methods of scientific inquiry and further explore their interests in the sciences and mathematics.

The review process begins immediately.

Skidmore College is a liberal arts institution of approximately 2,200 students and 200 full-time faculty, located in upstate New York. We seek to attract an academically and culturally diverse faculty, welcoming applications from women and men of diverse background. Preference will be given to candidates with a Ph.D. in neuroscience or a related field, and teaching experience. ABD candidates will be considered only if they will complete their degree by Fall 2008. Candidates should send a vita, evidence of excellence in teaching, selected reprints, and three letters of recommendation to: Prof. Flip Phillips, Director, Neuroscience Program, Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

Cincinnati Philosophy Colloquium on the Churchlands

Tuesday, February 12th, 2008

John Bickle is organizing a philosophy colloquium on Pat and Paul Churchland at the University of Cincinnati this May. Pat and Paul are giving keynote addresses. I’ll be speaking too. Here’s a tentative schedule

Thursday, May 15
Paul Churchland, Valtz Chair of Philosophy and Cognitive Science, University of California, San Diego
8:00pm- : Speakers buffet dinner with Philosophy graduate students

Friday, May 16
10:00am-12:00noon: Pete Mandik, Philosophy and Cognitive Science, William Paterson University of New Jersey
12:00noon-1:30pm: Lunch (buffet)
1:30-3:30pm: Jackie Sullivan, Philosophy and Neurobiology, University of Alabama, Birmingham
3:30-4:00pm: Coffee Break
Patricia Churchland, University of California President’s Professor of Philosophy, University of California, San Diego; Adjunct Professor, Salk Institute
7:30- : Colloquium Banquet (Location TBA)

Saturday, May 17
10:00am-12noon: William Casebeer
12:00noon-2:00pm: Lunch (on your own—local restaurant guide provided)
2:00-4:00pm: Adina Roskies, Dartmouth College
4:00-4:30pm: Coffee Break
4:30-6:30pm: Peggy DesAutels, Philosophy, University of Dayton
7:00- : Colloquium Closing Reception, all colloquium attendees invited

GSU Neurophilosophy Fellowships

Tuesday, February 5th, 2008

From an email by Andrea Scarantino:

The Master’s program of the Philosophy Department at Georgia State
University in Atlanta, Georgia is accepting applications from
qualified students for its two Neurophilosophy Fellowships, its Legal/Political
Philosophy Scholarship, and its German Philosophy Scholarship. Fellowships and Scholarships cover tuition, provide $15,000/year for living expenses and up to $500/year for travel to conferences, for two years. Fellowships have no duties. Scholarships have no duties in the
first year but do require teaching in the second year.

Application deadline: February 15, 2008.

Our M.A. program has had great success recently in placing its
in highly-regarded Ph.D. programs. More information about the
and on application procedures can be found at .

Thank you very much for your help.


Andrea Scarantino

Department of Philosophy
Brains & Behavior Program
Georgia State University