Future Topics

Extended Cognition and the Extended Mind
Volume 17, Number 2
Issue date: July 2016
Submission deadline: March 31, 2016
Issue Editor: Gary Bartlett (Central Washington University)

The hypothesis that cognition, and the mind more generally, might extend beyond the margins of the body came to prominence in philosophy in the 1990s. The most oft-cited source is Andy Clark and David Chalmers’ 1998 article ‘The Extended Mind’, but others in that decade had already begun to push against the boundary of the skin—notably John Haugeland, Robert Wilson and Susan Hurley. Since then, interest in the extended mind hypothesis and its implications has exploded, with the topic being pursued in numerous articles, books, journal issues, and conferences. It has also given rise to fruitful discussion and collaboration between philosophers and researchers in other fields such as psychology, anthropology, psychiatry, and biology. Interest shows no sign of waning, as there still remain many unanswered questions. Some argue that the extended mind hypothesis requires us to fundamentally rethink our understanding of the mind (and thus of ourselves), while others reply that the traditional boundary between the mind and the world can and should be maintained. Meanwhile, ideas from the extended mind literature are now themselves being extended from philosophy of mind into other areas of philosophy – such as epistemology, ethics, and aesthetics.

Essays in Philosophy invites the submission of papers that explore some aspect of extended cognition or the extended mind. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • embodied cognition and embedded cognition
  • varieties of mental externalism and mental internalism
  • functionalism and the extended mind
  • emotion / affect and the extended mind
  • the search for a ‘mark of the mental’
  • consciousness, qualia and the extended mind
  • group minds and group cognition
  • extended mind and personhood
  • epistemology and extended knowing
  • memory and propositional knowledge
  • representation and extended cognition
  • intrinsic and derived mental content
  • computationalism and extended cognition
  • responsibility, autonomy and the extended mind
  • All submissions should be sent to the general editor via email: boersema@pacificu.edu

    Effective Altruism
    Volume 18, Number 1
    Issue Date: January 2017
    Submission Deadline: September 30, 2016
    Issue Editors: William MacAskill (Oxford University) and Jeff Johnson (St. Catherine University)

    Effective altruism is a growing social and intellectual movement at the intersection of academia and the public domain. It seeks to use insights from philosophy, economics, and related disciplines to identify the best means to improve the world. The ethical considerations that serve as a foundation for effective altruists typically involve a sensitivity to the different kinds of impacts our decisions about giving and spending can have, reflection on the values we place on helping others and spending on ourselves, and willingness to worry about the impacts of different kinds of career choices.

    Essays in Philosophy invites the submission of papers that explore some topic of relevance for the effective altruism movement. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Cause selection and prioritization
  • The ethics of career choice
  • Effective altruism and existential risk
  • Effective animal activism
  • Systemic change vs. alternative paths to impact
  • Proven vs. speculative causes
  • The demandingness of effective altruism
  • The moral foundations of effective altruism
  • All submissions should be sent to the general editor via email: ramona.ilea@pacificu.edu