Meanings of Mind

23 May 2014 | Senate House, London

At our first public event we addressed the meaning of mind: how is the term is used by philosophers? To what extent do philosophical ideas about the nature, mechanism and function of the mind relate to the way that the word is used by neuroscientists and cognitive scientists?

This one-day intensive workshop brought together leading philosophers and scientists to discuss what they see to be the key questions facing the study of the mind. The event represented a range of philosophical opinion, from those who embrace naturalistic approaches to the mind to those who are sceptical. What are the implications for interdisciplinary research?


Tim Crane (Cambridge), Patrick Haggard (London), Jane Heal (Cambridge), David Papineau (London), Kim Plunkett (Oxford), Tim Shallice (London), Gabriella Vigliocco (London) and Michael Wheeler (Stirling).

Programme & Organisation

Meaning of Mind was organized by the team of The Human Mind Project. An inclusive hub for the facilitation of interdisciplinary dialogue and enquiry, The Human Mind Project aims to define the major intellectual challenges facing research on the human mind.