David Chalmers, a professor of philosophy at the Australian National University and director of the Center for Consciousness, has just announced the launch of MindPapers, an online database of papers about the philosophy of mind.

The database is very comprehensive indeed – it includes about 18,000 published and online papers, subdivided into sections such as the philosophy of neuroscience, perception, synaesthesia, language and thought and vegetative states, coma and the minimally conscious state (which are disorders of consciousness).

The history of neurophilosophy

Philosophers Andrew Brook and Pete Mandik provide an uncorrected proof of their paper, The Philosophy and Neuroscience Movement, which is to be published in a forthcoming special issue of Analyse & Kritic.

The paper gives an overview of how philosophy has increasingly been applied to neuroscience, and vice versa, over the past 25 years, during which time a small group of people from each discipline has become dedicated to contributing to the other.

The work of this neurophilosophy movement has involved integrating the philosophy of mind with the science of brain in order to gain a better understanding of phenomena such as consciousness, colour vision and neural representation and computation.

Brooks and Mandik go on to discuss the work that has been done in these main areas of research. They then discuss the relationship between neuroscience and philosophy, and speculate on how that relationship might change.

Mandik has also recently completed a book called The Subjective Brain, and has posted drafts of all 9 chapters on his website.