Mind (journal)

Mind (journal)
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Discipline Philosophy
Language English
Edited by Thomas Baldwin
Publication details
Publisher Oxford University Press (UK)
Publication history 1876 to present
Frequency Quarterly
ISSN 0026-4423 (print)
1460-2113 (web)
LCCN sn98-23315
OCLC number 40463594

Mind is a British journal, currently published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Mind Association, which deals with philosophy in the analytic tradition. It was founded in 1876 by the Scottish philosopher and Regius Professor of Logic Alexander Bain at the University of Aberdeen with his colleague and former student George Croom Robertson as Editor based at University College London. With the death of Robertson in 1891, George Stout took over the editorship and began a 'New Series'. The current editor is Professor Thomas Baldwin of the University of York.

Although the journal now focuses on analytic philosophy, it began as a journal dedicated to the question of whether psychology could be a legitimate natural science. In the first issue, Robertson wrote:

"Now, if there were a journal that set itself to record all advances in psychology, and gave encouragement to special researches by its readiness to publish them, the uncertainty hanging over the subject could hardly fail to be dispelled. Either psychology would in time pass with general consent into the company of the sciences, or the hollowness of its pretensions would be plainly revealed. Nothing less, in fact, is aimed at in the publication of Mind than to procure a decision of this question as to the scientific standing of psychology."[1]

Many famous essays have been published in Mind from such figures as Charles Darwin, J. M. E. McTaggart and Noam Chomsky. Three of the most famous, arguably, are Lewis Carroll's "What the Tortoise Said to Achilles (1895), Bertrand Russell's "On Denoting" (1905), and Alan Turing's "Computing Machinery and Intelligence" (1950), in which he first proposed the Turing test.



1876–1891 George Croom Robertson
1891–1920 George Frederic Stout
1921–1947 George Edward Moore
1947–1972 Gilbert Ryle
1972–1984 David Hamlyn
1984–1990 Simon Blackburn
1990–2000 Mark Sainsbury
2000–2005 Mike Martin
2005- Thomas Baldwin

Notable articles

late 19th century

early 20th century

mid 20th century

late 20th century

  • "On the Sense and Reference of a Proper Name" (1977) - John McDowell
  • "Fodor's Guide to Mental Representation" (1985) - Jerry Fodor
  • "The Humean Theory of Motivation" (1987) - Michael Smith
  • "Can We Solve the Mind-Body Problem?" (1989) - Colin McGinn
  • "Conscious Experience" (1993) - Fred Dretske
  • "Language and Nature" (1995) - Noam Chomsky

See also


  1. ^ Robertson, "Prefatory Words," Mind, 1 (1): 1876, p. 3; quoted at Alexander Klein, The Rise of Empiricism: William James, Thomas Hill Green, and the Struggle over Psychology, page 92 [1]

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