Department of Philosophy

Dr. Peter Mandik

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Office: Preakness 310
Phone: 973-720-2173
Office Hours: On medical leave until November 2018

Department: Philosophy
Position: Full Professor

Area Specialization
Philosophy of Mind, Cognitive Science, and Philosophy of Neuroscience


Research statement: My research concerns points of intersection between philosophy of mind and the cognitive sciences, especially neuroscience, psychology, and artificial intelligence. I am primarily interested in naturalistic accounts of consciousness and intentionality. My main lines of research to date have focused largely on three areas: (1) neurophilosophical explanations of phenomenal consciousness, (2) artificial-life experiments on the evolutionary emergence of representational content, and (3) the role of action-oriented representations as the basis for enactive cognition and perception. My most recent directions for exploration are: type-Q materialist (Quinean) explanations of consciousness, especially conscious color vision; alternate architectures for posthuman minds (alternate minds in a hypothetical post-singularity era); and analytic philosophy of mind approaches to meditation.
Courses recently taught: Philosophy of Space and Time; Philosophy of Mind; Meditation and Philosophy; Philosophy of the Future
Recent Books:
  • Mandik, Pete. (2013) This is Philosophy of Mind: An Introduction. Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Mandik, Pete. (2010) Key Terms in Philosophy of Mind. New York: Continuum. [Persian edition, 2016, Mohammad Hassan Torabi (translator) Neveeseh Parsi Publications, Tehran, Iran]
Recent Journal Articles and Book Chapters:
  • Schneider, Susan and Mandik, Pete. (2018). How Philosophy of Mind Can Shape the Future. In: A. Kind (ed.) Philosophy of Mind in the Twentieth and Twenty-first Centuries New York: Routledge. (pp. 303-319).(July 9, 2018)
  • Mandik, Pete. (2018). Cognitive Approaches to Phenomenal Consciousness. In: Jacquette, D. (ed.), The Bloomsbury Companion to the Philosophy of Consciousness. New York: Bloomsbury. (pp. 347-370). (January 25, 2018)
  • Mandik, Pete. (2017). Robot Pain. In: Corns, J. (ed.). The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Pain. New York: Routledge. (pp. 200-209). (June 27, 2017)
  • Mandik, Pete (2017). The Myth of Color Sensations, or How Not to See a Yellow Banana. Topics in Cognitive Science. 9(1), 228-240. (January 28, 2017)
  • Mandik, Pete (2016). Meta-Illusionism and Qualia Quietism. Journal of Consciousness Studies, 23(11-12), 140-148.
  • Mandik, Pete. (2015). Metaphysical Daring as a Posthuman Survival Strategy. Midwest Studies in Philosophy, 39(1), 144-157.
  • Mandik, Pete. (2015). Conscious-state Anti-realism. In: Munoz-Suarez, C. and De Brigard, F (eds.). Content and Consciousness Revisited: With Replies by Daniel Dennett. (pp. 185-197). Berlin: Springer.
  • Mandik, Pete. (2013). What is Visual and Phenomenal but Concerns neither Hue nor Shade?. In R. Brown (ed.), Consciousness Inside and Out: Phenomenology, Neuroscience, and the Nature of Experience, Studies in Brain and Mind 6, (pp. 219-227). London, Springer. DOI 10.1007/978-94-007-6001-1 17

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