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A FIELD GUIDE TO THE PHILOSOPHY OF MIND
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Philosophy of mind and the philosophical issues arising in the allied domain of cognitive sciences constitute a fast developing territory, which is very well introduced by a number of excellent web resources (see our choice at RECOMMENDED LINKS section). In the hope not just to follow the stream, but to be interestingly complementary to them, more focused views of specific regions will be supplied here. We call them GUIDED TOURS, each being an in depth exploration of a particular topic that comprises two parts: 1) a preliminary state-of-the-art report on the issue, which explains what the question is, how it arises and what ramifications result from it; how the debate goes on with all the theories, objections, proposed solutions, etc. 2) a bibliographical guide to the relevant literature, which consists of copiously annotated items. Such a bibliography does not aim at an abstract completeness, but it should reasonably cover all the material worth mentioning, or at least what so seems in the opinion of the author. As it is in the ‘field guide’ genre, the reader is provided with helpful signposts by experienced authors, but is encouraged to eventually take his own path. In the continuous effort of enlarging and keeping them updated, the ‘tours’ will be always in progress. 
Annotated items can be individually searched in the DATABASE section, where they are listed by AUTHORS and by TITLES.  

 
  
  
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Anomalous Monism (Neil Campbell)
qArtificial Life (Marc Bedau) 
qAsymmetrical Dependence (Fred Adams) 
qCognitive Ethology (Colin Allen) new
qColor (Jonathan Cohen)
qConcepts (Lawrence Kaye)
qConceptual Role Theories (Mark Perlman)
qConsciousness as Existence (Ted Honderich)
qEmbodied Cognition (Joseph Neisser)
qEmergence (Marc Bedau) 
qEmotions (Clotilde Calabi)
qEvolutionary Psychology (David Buller)
qExternalism, Scepticism and
   Privileged Access (Bryan Frances)
qKant's Philosophy of Mind (Andrew Carpenter)
qKnowledge Argument (Torin Alter)
qIdentity Theories (Ullin Place - Steven Schneider) updated
qImagery & Imagination (Amy Kind)
qInternalism/Externalism (Alberto Voltolini)
qIntertheoretic Reduction (John Bickle) new
qLanguage and Thought (Christopher Gauker)
qLanguage-Like and Non-Language-Like
   Representations
(Tad Zawidzki)
qLanguage of Thought (Lawrence Kaye)
qMental Causation  (Jaegwon Kim)
qMental Representations (Hugh Clapin)
qMetaphysics of Mind  (John Heil)
qMind/Body Problem (Barbara Montero)
qMultiple Realizability (Ronald Endicott)
qQualia Realism (William Robinson)
qSearle's Chinese Room
   Argument
(Larry Hauser) 
qSubjectivity/Objectivity (Pete Mandik)
qSupervenience (Jeffrey Poland)
qSwampman (Brendan Lalor)
qSymbol Grounding  (Stevan Harnard)
qTeleosemantics (Mark Rowlands)
qTheories of Theory of Mind (Gloria Origgi)
qTuring Test (Leslie Burkholder)
qTwin-Earth Thought Experiments (Bryan Frances)
qUnity of Consciousness (Tim Bayne)
qZombies (Thomas Polger)
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Recommended Links


 Dictionary of Philosophy of Mind 

Here is a very stimulating place to visit, where one can begin or refine one's searches. It is wide in scope (there are plenty of related metaphysics and epistemology entries) with some original features (for example, it uniquely provides a series of profiles of key figures in the philosophy of mind) and an overall fresh approach. It deserves the description 'dictionary' insofar as every entry starts with a straightforward, three-line definition; however, as the project develops, more and more entries have long and substantial discussions attached, making it not different in format and ambition from the declared encyclopedias.

             MITECS 


As a perfect celebration of the interdisciplinary character of cognitive sciences, this authoritative reference displays a great variety of high quality entries grouped into 6 sections (one being 'Philosophy'), spanning from the traditional ones, like a few offering profiles of some classical philosophers, to the more exotic and highly specialized. Authors are top experts in their fields. Minor defects are some overlapping and the cross-references not hyper-linked. All in all, it's a superb accomplishment.
(Since June 1999, the free full-text edition of MITECS On-Line has been replaced by a searchable abstracts service)

      Contemporary Philosophy of Mind: An Annotated Bibliography - by D. Chalmers



This inspired the present page. An invaluable resource of hundreds of items listed under useful headings. The annotations are short, but always brilliant and penetrating. Maybe too much to manage even for such a talented one-man-band like David. Now, only updated annually, without new annotations.


        Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy


The mind-related entries (not many so far), like everything here, are of the finest kind. Compared to the 'Mitecs' entries, they are obviously fewer in number (according to the plan), but sometimes longer, well articulated and exhaustive (from what can be viewed). Until now, it seems a little slow growing business, but no doubt a worth waiting for.





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