Contemporary Philosophy of Mind: An Annotated Bibliography

Compiled by David Chalmers, Philosophy, Australian National University. E-mail: chalmers at anu dot edu dot au. Technical support by David Bourget, University of Toronto. Last updated: October 13, 2005


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This is a bibliography of recent work in the philosophy of mind, philosophy of cognitive science, philosophy of artificial intelligence, and on consciousness in the sciences. It consists of 8142 entries, and is divided into six parts, each of which is further divided by topic and subtopic. Many older entries are annotated with a brief summary. Note that I stopped adding annotations a few years ago, and I don't necessarily take responsibility for annotations by my past self.

The bibliography consists mostly of papers and books from the last few decades, with density of coverage increasing with proximity to the present. Many core areas of contemporary philosophy of mind are covered, but some areas (e.g. philosophy of perception, philosophy of action, propositional attitude semantics, moral psychology) receive less coverage than others. Part 6 on the science of consciousness is relatively new and is not annotated. It's not strictly "philosophy of mind", but I've put it here for convenience. Of course the division between parts is inexact. There is plenty of material by philosophers in part 6, and plenty of material by scientists in the other parts (especially parts 1, 4, and 5).

I can no longer spend as much time on this bibliography as I used to, but I try to make a fairly thorough update every now and then. Thanks to Stephen Biggs, David Bourget, Chris Evans, and Brad Thompson for their research assistance with updates between 1999 and 2005.

As of 2005, the bibliography is searchable, includes links to many online texts derived from searching Google Scholar, and can be exported to EndNote. Many thanks to David Bourget of the University of Toronto for setting up these extremely useful services.

For links to other bibliographies, and for directories of online papers in these areas, see:

Comments, corrections, and suggestions for additions are more than welcome.


Part 1: Consciousness and Qualia [1523]

Part 2: Mental Content [1348]

Part 3: Metaphysics of Mind [1465]

Part 4: Philosophy of Artificial Intelligence [639]

Part 5: Philosophy of Psychology [1087]

Part 6: Consciousness in Science [2080]


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