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Call for Papers: Representation in the Neurosciences and AI

Juni 7, 2024

Special Issue Editors: Mark Sprevak and Francis Fallon

The aim of this special issue is to obtain views of leading philosophers, neuroscientists, computer scientists, and individuals from other cognitive science disciplines about how we should answer (one or both) of the following questions:

  • How should we understand talk of representation in the brain?
  • How should we understand talk of representation in AI systems?

Given the recent use of AI models to describe brain activity, and the increasing adoption of large, hard-to-interpret models in AI, we expect there to be some productive interchange between these two questions. Authors may, however, wish to focus exclusively on one domain.

Deadline and Schedule:

Pre-submission inquiries are welcome at any time (mark.sprevak@ed.ac.uk).

Manuscript Submission Deadline: 28th February 2025.

Word limit: between 4,000 and 10,000 words.

Estimated Publication Date: 1st Quarter of 2026

Instructions for Author’s Submission can be found here.

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Call for Papers: Book Symposium on *Neuroethics: Agency in the Age of Brain Science* (OUP 2023) by Joshua May

April 19, 2024

Published in 2023, Neuroethics: Agency in the Age of Brain Science by Joshua May will be a critical resource for philosophers grappling with this burgeoning area of research. PhiMiSci will host a symposium in 2025, edited by associate editor Carolyn Dicey Jennings, that will include commentaries by Jonathan PughAdina RoskiesStephen Morse, and Natalia Washington. We also welcome submissions from the wider philosophical and scientific community, which should be between 1,000 and 3,500 words.

Manuscript Submission Period: April 30th – August 31st, 2024

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Call for Papers: Structuralism in the Science of Consciousness

November 23, 2023

Special Issue Editors: Sascha Benjamin Fink & Andrew Y. Lee

This special issue will publish a collection of papers investigating the structure of consciousness and structuralism in the science of consciousness. Relevant topics include degrees and dimensions of consciousness, quality spaces, parts and wholes, the unity of consciousness, the role of structure in individuating conscious experiences, the relationship between phenomenal structures and neural structures, and modeling conscious experiences. For more information, please see this introduction by the editors here (LINK).

If you’re uncertain whether your work fits this issue, we encourage you to make a pre-submission inquiry (even ahead of writing a manuscript) to structuralism@phimisci.org.

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Call for Papers: Book Symposium on Bortolotti's Why Delusions Matter (Bloomsbury 2023)

Oktober 5, 2023

In the third quarter of 2024, Philosophy and the Mind Sciences will publish a book symposium on Lisa Bortolotti's Why Delusions Matter (Bloomsbury 2023). The symposium will consist of a précis of the book, several short commentaries, and a reply by the author. We hereby invite proposals for commentaries for this symposium (100-300 words).

Deadline for proposals: 20th of November 2023.

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Call for Abstracts: Molyneux’s Question Today

September 16, 2023

PhiMiSci Special Issue: Molyneux’s Question Today (Guest Editors: Brian Glenney & Gabriele Ferretti)

Abstract Submission Deadline (500 Words + Bibliography): 15 November 2023

Few topics in the philosophy of perception have received more diverse scholarly attention than Molyneux’s question: would a person with blindness, able to identify cubes and spheres by touch, immediately identify these shapes by sight alone if suddenly able to see? While many studies on Molyneux’s question attempt to resolve the puzzle, this special issue also asks for contributions that utilize Molyneux’s question to both clarify and criticize accounts of sensory perception, epistemology, mind, and metaphysics. 

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Call for Papers: Book Symposium on Stokes's "Thinking and Perceiving" (Routledge, 2021)

September 22, 2022

In the second quarter of 2023, Philosophy and the Mind Sciences will publish a book symposium on Dustin Stokes’s Thinking and Perceiving (Routledge 2021). It will include a précis, critical commentaries, and a reply by the author. We hereby invite proposals for commentaries for this symposium under stokes-symposium@phimisci.org.

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Call for Papers: Successful and Unsuccessful Remembering and Imagining

Mai 4, 2022

Guest editors: Ying-Tung Lin (Institute of Philosophy of Mind and Cognition, National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University), Chris McCarroll (Institute of Philosophy of Mind and Cognition, National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University), Kourken Michaelian (Centre for Philosophy of Memory, Université Grenoble Alpes), Mike Stuart (Institute of Philosophy of Mind and Cognition, National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University)

The relationship between memory and imagination has intrigued philosophers for centuries. While some cases of “unsuccessful” remembering may be categorized as mere imagining, philosophers continue to debate the markers that distinguish memory from imagination. One exciting new way to approach the issue is to consider the potential differences in terms of constraints. The aim of this special issue is to explore memory, imagination, and the relation between them from a broadly normative perspective. 

There has been a great deal of interesting work carried out in the philosophies of memory and imagination, and it is important to bring together scholars working on these topics, in the hope that the combined insights might be greater than the sum of their parts. We invite contributions for the Special Issue of Philosophy and the Mind Sciences (PhiMiSci) titled “Successful and Unsuccessful Remembering and Imagining”. 

The deadline for manuscript submissions is February 20, 2023. For further information, please contact Ying-Tung Lin (linyingtung@nycu.edu.tw) or Chris McCarroll (chrismccarroll@nycu.edu.tw).

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Call for Papers: Dreaming and mind wandering: Spontaneous thought across the sleep-wake cycle

April 27, 2022

Guest editors: Thomas Andrillon (ICM Paris Brain Institute), Manuela Kirberg (Monash University), Jennifer Windt (Monash University)

Spontaneous thoughts and experiences occupy a large portion of our conscious mental lives: Up to 50% of wakefulness is spent mind wandering, with thoughts and attention directed away from ongoing tasks and the environment and unfolding freely and associatively. Spontaneous thoughts and experiences also abound during all stages of sleep (including sleep onset) and often take the form of vivid and immersive dreams. 

While the fields of dream and mind wandering research are largely separate, phenomenological and neurophysiological similarities between waking mind wandering and sleep-related experiences suggest that these phenomena are intimately connected. Together, they raise important questions about the nature and functions of spontaneous mental phenomena and their relation to wakefulness and sleep (including conventionally defined sleep stages and local sleep), as well as for theories of attention, action, and consciousness.

We invite theoretical, methodological, and empirical contributions on topics related to mind wandering, dreams and other sleep-related experiences (including hypnagogia), and their relation to sleep and wakefulness. 

Deadline for presubmission enquiries is June 10th, 2022; the deadline for manuscript submissions is November 1st, 2022, with the aim to publish in mid 2023.

Please contact jennifer.windt@monash.edu if you have any questions about this special issue or to submit your presubmission enquiry.

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Call for Papers: Models, Networks, and Multiple Factors in the Philosophy of Psychiatry

September 22, 2021

Guest Editors: Lena Kästner (Saarland University) & Henrik Walter (Charité Berlin)

A major task for philosophy of psychiatry is to investigate how mental disorders can be best conceptualized, modelled, and explained. In order to do so, it is necessary to accommodate for their multifactorial and multilevel nature. Within neuroscience, philosophy of science, and philosophy of mind, a range of new approaches has recently been proposed to this end. These approaches include, among others, the new mechanist philosophy, artificial (deep) neural networks, symptom network theory, predictive processing, computational psychiatry, connectomics, and 4E-cognition. Although these accounts exhibit promising features for a modern scientific approach to psychiatry, they leave unanswered important questions regarding the theoretical and conceptual foundations of contemporary psychopathological models as well as the practical limitations arising within clinical practice and modelling psychopathology. We invite contributions addressing such questions. Submission Deadline: 31st March 2022.

Inquiries regarding this special issue should be directed to issue@philpsych.com under the heading [SI-PhilPsych].

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Call for Papers: Book Symposium on Letheby’s "Philosophy of Psychedelics" (OUP 2021)

September 22, 2021

In early 2022, Philosophy and the Mind Sciences will publish a book symposium on Chris Letheby’s Philosophy of Psychedelics (OUP 2021). It will include a précis, several commentaries, and a reply by the author. We hereby invite proposals for commentaries for this symposium.

UPDATE 31st of August 2021:  Due to the late rollout of the printed versions, we have extended the deadline for abstracts to the 1st of October 2021.

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Report 2020

Juni 22, 2021

We opened PhiMiSci for submissions in mid-2019 and the first articles were published in 2020. Now, we’d like to take stock and provide an overview of our first year, as well as outline our aims and plans for the future.

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