ProjectNewMind – The New Concept of Mind

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The New Concept of Mind
01/11/2017 to 31/07/2020
Abstract / short description:
The scientific and manifest images of mind may have never been as far apart as they are today. The conflict urgently calls for a reconciliation. It demands an articulation of a new concept of mind for our time. The Templeton ACT Fellowship provides me with a unique opportunity to acquire cross-training in neuroscience and psychology so that I can contribute to this reconciliation. My goal is to acquire skills and knowledge in neuroscience and psychology which are vital for starting to develop a new concept of mind that can reconcile the scientific and manifest images of mind. This is not possible without a firm grounding in the sciences of the mind. Thus I am proposing a program of cross-training in all the major areas of psychology and neuroscience that directly impact on our concept of the mind and as embodied, self-conscious subjects and agents. My cross-disciplinary mentor is the renowned cognitive neuroscientist, Professor Patrick Haggard (UCL). My cross-training program will provide me with foundational training in cognitive and systems neuroscience and training through laboratory rotations in five thematic areas: 1. Action and Embodiment, 2. Motivation and Affect, 3. Neuroscience of Consciousness, 4. Social Cognition, and 5. Developmental Psychology. This cross-training will allow me develop my distinctive approach of empirically informed philosophy of mind on which philosophy of mind is an autonomous philosophical enterprise, but not one that is insulated from empirical work. This will lay the grounds for a monograph project attempting to articulate a new concept of mind for our time, one that is both philosophically attractive and empirically sound.
Philosophy of mind

Involved staff


Institute of Philosophy
Department of Philosophy and Media, Faculty of Humanities
Werner Reichardt Center for Integrative Neuroscience (CIN)
Centers or interfaculty scientific institutions

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Institute of Philosophy
Department of Philosophy and Media
Faculty of Humanities


West Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, United States

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