Tuesday, 13 January 2009

The Philosophy of Mind

My PhD thesis was on the prospects for understanding consciousness from the point of view of the natural sciences. I have written some articles on consciousness and the mind - body problem, but I do find the philosophy of mind very difficult. At the moment, I'd rather read it than write it.

So I am editing The Continuum Companion to the Philosophy of Mind, which at least involves slightly more reading than writing. It should be published in 2010. Here's the cover blurb:

'The Continuum Companion to the Philosophy of Mind is a genuinely useful guide to research into the philosophy of mind. Its clear introduction, helpful glossary of key terms, overview of current research, consideration of new trends and directions of research, comprehensive bibliography and chronology of major publications and events will help beginning students hit the ground running and serve as helpful signposts for even advanced researchers. Ten specially commissioned essays will be of interest to researchers at all levels. Written by philosophers pre-eminent in their fields, these papers not only explain the fundamental questions asked by contemporary philosophy of mind but take a stand on the possible answers too. '