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British Idealism and the concept of the self

I don’t normally post conference calls or CFP but this conference has appeal to me. I did attend the Bradley Society conference in about 1997 at Harris Manchester hosted by Bill Mander and had a great time there. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Date: 27th – 29th August, 2013 Location: Harris Manchester College, Oxford Idealism dominated British philosophy during…

Robert Nozick

Today marks the death of Robert Nozick one of the most versatile philosophers of the last quarter of the 20th Century. The more I read Nozick, the more astonishing his talent seems to be. He writes with such subtle twists about so many issues from politics to epistemology to identity to consciousness, to ethics to…

The Extended Mind Revisited

Here’s a rare treat to hear David Chalmers on the extended mind – typically, it’s been his co-author Andy Clark who has been exploring this idea in great detail. Here is their original paper;  stay tuned for Rob Rupert’s review of Andy’s Supersizing the Mind to appear in the Journal of Mind and Behavior (as Chalmers…

The Extended Mind and Religious Thought

THE EXTENDED MIND AND RELIGIOUS THOUGHT Zygon symposium (Volume 44 Issue 3 September 2009) is now available online. The lineup as follows: MINDSCAPES AND LANDSCAPES: EXPLORING THE EXTENDED MIND (p 625-627) Leslie Marsh THE EXTENDED MIND (p 628-641) Mark Rowlands PERSONS AND THE EXTENDED-MIND THESIS (p 642-658) Lynne Rudder Baker MINDS, INTRINSIC PROPERTIES, AND MADHYAMAKA…

Pat Churchland Podcast Interview

Courtesy of Ginger Campbell’s excellent Brain Science Podcast website here is an interview with Pat Churchland (the interview begins after some preliminaries, so please be patient). An excellent idea is the inclusion of the interview transcript. I look forward to listening to the many other interviews. A great resource!

Social Indentity

Colin McGinn poses a fair question: if Obama is half white why is he considered black? Colin is of course making the point that essentialism in these issues is not sustainable and this is reflected in the variety of very good responses to his question, perspectives that bring in fine-grained distinctions that would have never occured to…

Extended Mind: An Introduction

If you’ve ever heard the term “extended mind” and thought it denoted some sort of hocus pocus, then this recording will set you straight. Zoe Drayson of Bristol University has recorded a superb overview of the notion and the ethical implications arising from it. Zoe’s motivation for coming to this multidisciplinary literature had resonance for…