Problems in Mind
In this symposium, we ask five people who have thought a lot about the philosophy of mind to take up any question or problem they like. Given so much freedom to range over such vast territory, where did they end up?
Susanna Siegel takes a close look at what philosophy can actually contribute to the study of the mind. If philosophers don’t have labs, how could they possibly get results?
Michael S. A. Graziano considers magical and mechanical ways of thinking about the mind and brain — and offers a “simple, logical, working explanation of consciousness”.
Keith Frankish draws attention to the long shadow cast by Descartes on contemporary thinking, and argues that we should, at last, leave the Cartesian sideshow behind us.
Daniel D. Hutto investigates what and how we think, cashing out radical enactivism, the idea that minds are connected to their surrounding environments rather than simply embedded in them.
Finally, Amy Kind explains why the powers of the imagination are far greater than some philosophers have led us to believe.
We round out our consideration of the philosophy of mind with an interview with Frank Jackson, creator of the famous Knowledge Argument. Oureditor, James Garvey, asks him to explain just what he thinks Mary learned when she saw red for the first time.