It just came to me that all of the contemporary sources on philosophy of mind that I have been reading (Dennett, Nagel, Churchland, Chalmers, Searle, Hofstadter, Jackson) are all writing in English, and write mostly in the Analytic style.

  • Is there something inherently analytic about the philosophy of mind?
  • Or are there many Continental and/or non-English language philosophy of mind sources (And am I just biased by my linguistic preferences) ?
  • References and links would be nice.
  • My sense as someone whose work is not in phil. mind is that if you do phil. mind in the late 20th or early 21s century you do it in English regardless of your native tongue.
    – virmaior
    Dec 16, 2015 at 17:06
  • @virmaior I was about to include that in my question (i.e. is it like contemporary physics or math, where English is the lingua franca). But then I noticed that all of the names I mentioned were native English speakers (with the exception of Nagel, who was US educated from a relatively young age). Dec 16, 2015 at 17:15
  • In french, there is this for example. (analytic): amazon.fr/Le-corps-lesprit-causalit%C3%A9-mentale/dp/2711624994 I have the impression that "philosophy of mind" is a term used in the analytic tradition only. Dec 16, 2015 at 19:09
  • @quen_tin "Restant dans un cadre physicaliste, il propose une solution qui, faisant appel à l'ontologie des propriétés particulières ou tropes, rompt à la fois avec l'ontologie cartésienne et avec la thèse contemporaine du physicalisme non réductionniste." That actually sounds very interesting. Dec 16, 2015 at 19:19
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    @quen_tin merci pour l'info. Dec 17, 2015 at 7:33

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Two sources from Germany:

Roth is a German philosopher and biologist. His book, backed up by neuroscience, develops a constructivist epistemology.

Metzinger is a German philospher. In his book he develops a philosophical theory about our internal, centered world model. The book is challenging.

  • Do you have any links to English abstracts or translations of Roth? Dec 17, 2015 at 8:56
  • @Alexander Unfortunately Roth's book has not been translated to English. Possibly you can contact him by [email protected] and ask for some English publications linked to the philosophical content of this book. Roth has published on neuroscience in English, but most of his thoughts from philosophy of mind are published in German.
    – Jo Wehler
    Dec 17, 2015 at 9:20

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