A new open access article by Sean Gallagher (there currently seems to be some problem with the journal’s website but will hopefully be resolved).
In cognitive psychology, studies concerning the face tend to focus on questions about face recognition, theory of mind (ToM) and empathy. Questions about the face, however, also fit into a very different set of issues that are central to ethics. Based especially on the work of Levinas, philosophers have come to see that reference to the face of another person can anchor conceptions of moral responsibility and ethical demand. Levinas points to a certain irreducibility and transcendence implicit in the face of the other. In this paper I argue that the notion of transcendence involved in this kind of analysis can be given a naturalistic interpretation by drawing on recent interactive approaches to social cognition found in developmental psychology, phenomenology, and the study of autism.
Special issue of Mind & Society. (H/T to Francesco Di Iorio)
From April 8th to 10th 2013, the Herbert Simon Society held its first General Conference in New York. About fifty researchers from different countries and working in different areas attended the event. The conference focused on three topics which were identified as particularly relevant in the development of Simonian thought: duality of mind, creativity and alternative theories to rational expectations. A first Herbert Simon Honorary Lecture by Gerd Gigerenzer opened the conference. Gerg Gigerenzer was later elected as Chairman of the Herbert Simon Society. Joseph Stiglitz closed the conference with the second Herbert Simon Honorary Lecture.
The Herbert A. Simon Society brings together economists, social and cognitive scientists engaged in critical issues such as bounded rationality, problem solving, simulation of human thought and creativity. In particular, it gathers some of the most important economists who try to reformulate economic theory by starting from some of the non-neoclassical micro-foundations that have been developed in recent years. The Simon Society shares many interests with other Associations working on Behavioural Economics, Economic and Cognitive Social Psychology and Artificial Intelligence.
This special issue collects some of the most interesting papers presented at the conference. Katherine Simon Frank, Herbert Simon’s daughter, made some welcoming remarks and talked about her father. In describing his way of being a parent, Kathie highlights some important aspects of Herbert Simon’s intellectual nature, such as his openness, his willingness to understand the world and debate with no preconceptions. This is also one of the goals of the Herbert Simon Society.
This from MIT Technology Review (H/T to Mark Frazier).
He believes that neurobiological research has a distinctly philosophical purpose.
There was something that appealed to me because of my interest in literature and music.
We wouldn’t have music, art, religion, science, technology, economics, politics, justice, or moral philosophy without the impelling force of feelings.
I would not want to go to only one level, because I don’t think the really interesting things occur at just one level.
Extended mind and after: socially extended mind and actor-network
by Kono, Tetsuya
Integrative Psychological & Behavioral Science
Personal Identity, Functionalism and the Extended Mind
by Stanciu, Marius M
Procedia – Social and Behavioral Sciences
Minds as social institutions
by Castelfranchi, Cristiano
Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences
Extended cognition and the explosion of knowledge
by Ludwig, David
Now that the ms has been shipped off to the publisher here is the finalized lineup:
Foreword — Vernon Smith
Adam Smith as a Scottish Philosopher – Gordon Graham
Friendship in Commercial Society Revisited: Adam Smith on Commercial Friendship – Spyridon Tegos
Adam Smith and French Political Economy: Parallels and Differences – Laurent Dobuzinskis
Adam Smith: 18th Century Polymath – Roger Frantz
One Adam Smith – David Brat
Indulgent Sympathy and the Impartial Spectator – Joshua Rust
Adam Smith on Sensory Perception: A Sympathetic Account – Brian Glenney
Adam Smith on Sympathy: From Self-Interest to Empathy – Gloria Zúñiga y Postigo
What My Dog Can Do: On the Effect of The Wealth of Nations I.ii.2 – Jack Weinstein
Metaphor Made Manifest: Taking Seriously Smith’s “Invisible Hand” – Eugene Heath
The ‘Invisible Hand’ Phenomenon in Philosophy and Economics – Gavin Kennedy
Instincts and the Invisible Order: The Possibility of Progress – Jonathan B. Wight
The Spontaneous Order and the Family – Lauren K. Hall
Smith, Justice and the Scope of the Political – Craig Smith
Here’s a just published review in JMB, endorsed by some heavy hitters such as Edwin Hutchins and Kevin Warwick.
How Things Shape the Mind: A Theory of Material Engagement represents a synthesis of the positions that the author, Lambros Malafouris, has developed over the course of his career, supplemented by the addition of new explanatory examples and unpublished chapters. The main objective of the book is to provide a unitary account of material engagement theory, the actual keystone that binds the multiple streams of argument presented by the author in his previous works. The book is organized in three main sections, which respectively take into account epistemological aspects, theoretical tenets, and empirical applications of material engagement theory.