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"Journal of NeuroPhilosophy" (JNphi), a new journal designed to bring you a critical analysis from the best of the neuroscience and philosophy literature all around the world, presented by the pioneer neuroscientists and (neuro)philosophers to help promote a better comprehension of NeuroPhilosophy in the global scientific system. Journal of NeuroPhilosophy (ISSN 1307-6531, registered July 4, 2007) is dedicated to supporting interdisciplinary exploration of Philosophy and its relation to the nervous system
The most important goal here is to be able to offer answers for the ancient philosophical questions in the light of neuroscience with fresh, groundbreaking perspectives. Additional yet a very prominent goal here is to provide a platform for scientists and academicians all over the world to promote, share, and discuss various new issues and developments through this interdisciplinary research field which is being offered by the JNphi.
Above Image: The Camille Flammarion engraving is a wood engraving by an unknown artist that first appeared in Camille Flammarion's L'atmosphère: météorologie populaire (1888). The image depicts a man crawling under the edge of the sky, depicted as if it were a solid hemisphere, to look at the mysterious Empyrean beyond.
The fundamental aim of the JNphi's is to take the ancient problems which cannot be solved by using merely philosophical approaches and to reconsider them with the addition of a neuroscientific approach. Hence, it is to create new interdisciplinary perspectives, and to boost and develop the intellectual capacities of the humankind with the merging of philosophy and neuroscience. The field of Neuroscience has been making great development in recent years. By taking the progress level of Neuroscience into consideration, it is only fair to say that, now, it is time to study “The Philosophy of Mind” through the lens of Neuroscience. This path that the philosophy of mind and neuroscience proceed hand in hand is called “NeuroPhilosophy” and we strongly think that the most important pillar of the future’s philosophy will be the field of NeuroPhilosophy.
Neurophilosophy is not just an interdisciplinary field, it is a multidisciplinary field, and therefore multiple minds are needed both to seek answers for overcoming difficult challenges and to construct new philosophical perspectives for the future with the scientific knowledge coming from the studies of neuroscience. The aim of the JNphi is to reveal this path and walking through it.
Another important aim of ours is revealing the world of neuroscience to philosophers and the world of philosophy to neuroscientists, so that providing a suitable environment to bring the two fields together in the mind. For this reason, we will be welcoming not only interdisciplinary articles, but also the philosophy and neuroscience articles, individually. Both parties will surely have a lot to learn from each other.φ
"Journal of NeuroPhilosophy", a new journal designed to bring you a critical analysis from the best of the neuroscience and philosophy literature all around the world, presented by the pioneer neuroscientists and (neuro)philosophers to help promoting a better comprehension of NeuroPhilosophy in the global scientific system. Journal of NeuroPhilosophy (ISSN 1307-6531, registered July 4, 2007) is dedicated to supporting interdisciplinary exploration of Philosophy and its relation to the nervous system. Journal of NeuroPhilosophy (JNphi) focuses on studying “The Ontology and Nature of the Mind” and “its relation to the brain & body”. The Journal of NeuroPhilosophy (JNphi) publishes review articles, opinion and perspectives, and original articles, book review, commentaries on articles including but not limited to the following fields:
NeuroPhilosophy and Cognitive Science
Artificial intelligence, logic, behaviorism, cognition, embodied concepts, connectionism, consciousness, emotion, experimental philosophy, folk psychology as a theory anda mental simulation, free will, innate/acquired distinction, contemporary theories of cognition, intentionality, language of thought hypothesis, learning, memory, mental content, causal theories, mental imagery, mental representation, mind/brain identity theory, computational theory of mind, moral psychology, philosophy of agency, consciousness higher-order theories, consciousness representational theories, consciousness unity, mental representation, knowledge argument, qualia, zombies
NeuroEthics and Moral
Moral and political philosophy, autonomy, personal bias, implicit decision-making capacity, biomedical and clinical research, ethics in justice, inequality, health and ethics, privacy and medicine, ethics in human enhancement, moral responsibility, personal identity and ethics, human cloning, contract law, decision-making capacity
Neuroesthetics, aesthetic perceptions, aesthetic experiences at the neurological level, perceptual psychology, neurological deficits, functional brain anatomy, evolutionary biology and evolutionary meaning of beauty, link between specific brain areas and artistic activity, aesthetic enjoyment, aesthetic values, sensory-motor-emotion-valuation, and meaning-knowledge in aesthetics, art-beauty experiences and brain
NeuroPhilosophy and Free will
Action, agency, causation, compatibilism, fatalism, freedom and divine, free will and foreknowledge, incompatibilism, nondeterministic theories of free will, moral responsibility, free will and quantum mechanics
Neurotheology: Spirituality, brain and religion
spiritual neuroscience, prayer, intention, self-consciousness, spiritual awe, oneness with the universe, eligious studies, religious experience and practice, philosophy, cognitive science, neuroscience, psychology, and anthropology, God in the brain, causal function, Willfulness and orienting function, Reflections on neurotheology and neuroscience, scientific information is in understanding the link between spirituality and health, mystical experiences and brain, perception time, fear or self-consciousness have dissolved, spiritual awe, oneness with the universe, ecstatic trance, sudden enlightenment, altered states of consciousness
Quantum Mechanics and Mind/Conscioussness
Conscioussness and measurement problem, Bohmian mechanics, quantum mechanics collapse theories, quantum mechanics Copenhagen interpretation, Everett’s relative-state formulation and many-worlds interpretation, quantum mechanics and modal interpretations, quantum mechanics and role of decoherence
NeuroGenetic and Neurobiology
Decission making, free will, altruism in neuroscience, biological individuals, philosophy of causation, Darwinism, developmental neurobiology, health and well-being, personal relationships, ethics and biomedical theory, eugenics, feminist philosophy, interventions and bioethics, philosophy of neurobiology, genotype-phenotype distinction, heritability and neurobiology, human enhancement, human genome project, levels of organization in biology, neuroethics and neurobiology, reduction, sociobiology
Paranormal Belief and Brain
Critical thinking and belief in the paranormal, déjà vu experiences, Spirituality and epileptic-like signs, How psychotic-like are paranormal beliefs, Paranormal beliefs and religiosity, dopaminergic gene and belief, paranormal mind, Neuroimaging and EEG, neuropsychiatry of paranormal experiences, Paranormal belief and schizotypy, temporal lobe and paranormal experiences, Paranormal beliefs and religiosity, experience of altered states of consciousness, Why we believe, Believing in paranormal phenomena, cognition and belief in paranormal phenomena, Investigating paranormal phenomena, neurobehavioral and neurometabolic (SPECT, PET, fMRI) correlates of paranormal information, and also mind-body interactions
Death, Brain Death, Afterlife and Survival
Life as a substance, life as an event, death, death and suspended vitality, being dead, resurrection, death and existence, criteria for death, identity, personal identity, suicide, afterlife, survival and its alternatives, possibility of survival—dualism, objections to the possibility of survival—materialism, parapsychology and near-death experiences, metaphysical considerations concerning survival, ancient theories of soul, euthanasia, neurophilosophical view that consciousness and mind can continue after death, immortality possibilities,transfer of consciousness to machine, eternal life and mind, cryopreservation and ethics.
Artificial intelligence and logic, causation, Chinese room argument, computability and complexity in the brain, epistemology and Bayesian approach, moral values, language of thought hypothesis, learning theory, linguistics and computation, mind and computational theory, reasoning, Turing test, computing and moral responsibility, information technology and moral values, information technology and privacy, social networking and ethics.
Folk psychology, functionalism, mental content and teleological theories, mind/brain identity theory, reduction, functionalism, identity theory, history of dualism, internalism and externalism, generel mind-body problems, naturalism, ontology and self, analytic philosophy, Mind in Ancient Greek and Roman philosophy, NeuroEpistemology, formal logic, NeuroPhenomenology.
Image: Plato's Academy mosaic was created in the villa of T. Siminius Stephanus in Pompeii, around 100 BC to 79 AD.The mosaic has been interpreted to depict as the central figure Plato pointing with a stick at the globe. Mattusch 2008 suggests for the other figures, the Greek philosophers and scholars: Thales, Anaxagoras, Pythagoras, Xenophanes, Democritus, Eudoxus, Euctemon, Callippus, Meton, Philippus, Hipparchus, and Aratus.