About the Contributors


Heather Salazar (book editor) is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Western New England University. She received her PhD at University of California, Santa Barbara. Her research focuses on the intersections of metaethics and philosophy of mind in Eastern and Western philosophy and in particular on conceptions of the self and their impact on moral obligations. Her publications include The Philosophy of Spirituality (Brill 2018), “Descartes’ and Patanjali’s Conceptions of the Self” (Journal of Indian Philosophy and Religion 2011) and “Kantian Business Ethics” in Business in Ethical Focus (Broadview 2007). She is currently under contract for a monograph which assesses and contributes to neo-Kantian ethical constructivism.

Christina Hendricks (series editor) is a Professor of Teaching in Philosophy  at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC, Canada, where she often teaches Introduction to Philosophy courses. She is also the and also the Academic Director of the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology (2018-2023). Christina has been an open education researcher and advocate for a number of years, having been a BCcampus Open Textbook Fellow, an OER Research Fellow with the Open Education Group, the Creative Commons Canada representative to the CC Global Network, and a member of the Board of Directors for the Canadian Legal Information Institute.

Chapter Authors

Eran Asoulin received his PhD at University of New South Wales. He is currently working in Sydney, Australia in linguistics, philosophy, and cognitive science, with a focus on the study of language and mind.

Paul Richard Blum is T. J. Higgins, S.J., Chair in Philosophy at Loyola University Maryland in Baltimore. He obtained his PhD at the University of Munich in Germany and his habilitation at Free University Berlin. Most of his research deals with the history of Renaissance and early modern philosophy, including the evolution of the question of immortality into philosophy of mind. His most recent book is Nicholas of Cusa on Peace, Religion, and Wisdom in Renaissance Context (Roderer 2018).

Tony Cheng received his PhD at University College London. He is currently visiting Centre for the Future of Intelligence, University of Cambridge, and Institut Jean Nicod, École normale supérieure, and will be joining the Department of Philosophy, NCCU, Taipei, as an Assistant Professor. He primarily works on the nature and epistemology of content and consciousness. More specific topics include perception, the senses, attention, self-awareness, spatio-temporal representations, metacognition, cognitive development, and animal minds. For more information, please visit: tonycheng.net

Daniel Haas is currently the philosophy department head and an instructor at Red Deer College. He received his PhD in Philosophy from Florida State University. He works in moral philosophy, moral psychology and the philosophy of mind and action. His research has mainly focused on issues surrounding free will and moral responsibility.

Jason Newman has a CPhil from University of California, Santa Barbara, where he studied philosophy of mind. He is interested in all the problems arising from the nature of learning and coping with these problems. Questions around what it takes to learn a language, learn to read, learn basic math facts, or even learn basic social skills are among those that interest him most. He currently teaches at Chatham Academy at Royce, and specializes in teaching students with learning differences.

Heather Salazar (see above, under Editors)

Henry Shevlin received his PhD from the City University of New York Graduate Center. He is currently a researcher at the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence, University of Cambridge, where he leads the Consciousness and Intelligence project. His primary research areas are consciousness, perception, and cognitive architecture, with a particular focus on animals and artificial systems. He also has interests in topics at the intersection of ethics and cognitive science, including the question of how philosophy and psychology can contribute to the improvement of animal welfare.

Elly Vintiadis teaches philosophy at the American College of Greece. She received her PhD in 2003 from the City University of New York Graduate Center and has also taught at the Hellenic Naval Staff and Command College and at the City College of New York. Her latest publication is a co-edited volume, Brute Facts (Oxford University Press 2018).

peer reviewer

Adriano Palma was trained in the philosophy of language and metaphysics in Europe and in the US. He taught on four different continents and is now a senior researcher at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, in Durban, South Africa.

Other contributors

Nate Angell (formatting contributor) is an evangelist who connects people, ideas, and technologies to make things better. He has worked across a wide variety of public and private institutions, focusing on community development, digital communications, meaningful education, open technologies, and sustainable growth.

Colleen Cressman (copy editor) is a librarian who works on open-access initiatives out of the Office for Scholarly Communication at Harvard Library. She is interested especially in doing her small part to increase the free and open availability of academic philosophy to students, scholars, and enthusiasts.

Jonathan Lashley (cover designer) worked in the visual design industry before pursuing his career in education full-time. When he isn’t supporting open, online, and technology-enhanced learning at public institutions across the United States, he enjoys lending his creative skills to projects like this one.

We would also like to acknowledge the many philosophy students, faculty and researchers who have contributed to the project by providing comments along the way, such as discussions on the Rebus Community platform when we were originally envisioning the series and what topics should be included, as well as giving feedback on drafts of chapter outlines for books. There have been many very helpful contributions from too many people to list here, and the books would not have come together without them.


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Introduction to Philosophy: Philosophy of Mind Copyright © 2019 by Eran Asoulin; Paul Richard Blum; Tony Cheng; Daniel Haas; Jason Newman; Henry Shevlin; Elly Vintiadis; Heather Salazar (Editor); and Christina Hendricks (Series Editor) is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.

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