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On several occasions I have heard that Philosophy of Mind is "the first philosophy" of our time. But if this is true, I think thoeries about Philosophy of Mind should be able to be applied to other branches of Philosophy to help us gain a better and more in-depth understanding of original problems.

So my question is: is Philosophy of Mind really the first Philosophy of our time? If so, is there any work of the sort I described above that has been done?

PS: When I say "other branches of Philosophy" , what I have in mind is mainly Epistemology, Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Logic and Philosophy of Mathematics, for these are the branches of Philosophy that I had most interest in.

  • "Here, [Mario] Bunge develops a comprehensive scientific outlook which he then applies to the various natural and social sciences." Wikipedia en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mario_Bunge Maybe this will be helpful, I'm not sure. – Gordon Jan 22 '18 at 3:07
  • Sort of, officially empiricists reject the idea of first philosophy as a foundation for the rest, parts are interdependent and none comes first. However, philosophy of mind replaced philosophy of language as the primary focus of research after 1980s. It services such active scientific fields as linguistics, neuroscience, artificial intelligence, quantum physics and therefore connects to ethics (free will, animal rights, responsibility for actions of machines, etc.), metaphysics (nature of consciousness and matter), etc. You need to narrow down the question, the work you ask for is too vast. – Conifold Jan 22 '18 at 9:03
  • @Conifold Thanks for your suggestion, I've edited my post. – Censi LI Jan 22 '18 at 9:25
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    My view would be that Phil of Mind ought to be the philosophy of our time but that it has not yet developed to the point where it has become important. As you say it should have broad consequences across many disciplines,. but it cannot do this until it sorts out metaphysics. At present it's a collection of metaphysically unsound conjectures. But it will change. Chalmers has moved on a step or two towards addressing metaphysical issues and maybe this presages some progress. – PeterJ Jan 22 '18 at 10:43
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    @Gordon Thanks for your encouragement, though Philosophy is only my interest, not my profession…… – Censi LI Jan 22 '18 at 13:39

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