Ersatz Robots

Philosophy of Mind and Graduate Philosophy Study

The Beginning

Every blog has to have a beginning; this is this blog’s beginning.

So, what can you expect from this blog, and specifically from me, your intrepid blogerino? Philosophy. Specifically, philosophy of mind (broadly construed) and its interface with cognitive science along with its intersection with metaphysics and epistemology in general. Why? Because that’s what I’m interested in. I hope you’re interested in philosophy of mind too; if not, you may find that this blog will bore you. It is unlikely that you will find any ethical or political theory around here, so if that’s your thing, you may have to get your fix elsewhere—though I promise I will try my best to convert you to the odd and curiously scientific ways of contemporary philosophy of mind. There are certainly worse things to waste your evenings on (Jersey Shore, I’m looking at you).

In addition to the above, there seems to be a lack of good philosophy blogs directly relating to graduate studies. Seeing as I am a graduate student, this seems as good a place as any to discuss graduate issues. So, while I can’t promise to have a lot of content relating specifically to graduate students, I encourage people to point me toward anything relating to graduate studies they feel ought to be discussed. This includes information relating to the application process, faculty changes (though Brian Leiter does a pretty decent job cataloging those) and all the other little bits and pieces that relate to studying philosophy at the graduate level—such as where to get a decent pint near campus without being confronted by the musical aural stylings of Nickleback.

In short, I hope that this blog will function as something of an intermediary stop between post-lecture hallway discussions and more serious blogs like Eric Schwitzgebel’s The Splintered Mind (which you can always assume to be much better than this blog) and the more academia oriented blogs run by people like Brain Leiter. Along the way I will be posting drafts of papers I’m working on, as well as papers written and submitted by other graduate students working on issues relating to philosophy of mind. So, consider this an open call for such papers (preferably in good editorial condition as no one wants to read a 20 page jumbled mess, but at this point, beggars can’t be choosers). Submissions can be sent to ersatzrobots(at)gmail(dot)com.

Questions? Comments? Fully funded PhD positions at schools with top-rate people in philosophy of mind? Hit me up in the comments. I promise to respond, and I rarely bite—especially if you’re offering me five years of funding.


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