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.
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(Since June 1999, the free full-text edition of MITECS On-Line has been replaced by a searchable abstracts service)
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.
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.