November 18, 2007


Dave Chalmers and his assistant editor, David Bourget, have launched Mindpapers, which is a bibliographic database of over 13,000 papers in the philosophy of mind. Dave discusses the new tools over at Fragments---among them, highly flexible search options and statistical information. For instance, based on Google Scholar data, we find the top 100 most cited works in Mindpapers.

Here are the top 10 most cited by philosophers:

1. [3060] Jerry Fodor (1983). The Modularity of Mind. (More) [7.2b. Modularity]

2. [2608] Daniel Dennett (1991). Consciousness Explained. (More) [1.4c. Dennett's Functionalism]

3. [2469] Gilbert Ryle (1949). The Concept of Mind. (More) [4.3a. Logical Behaviorism]

4. [1974] Saul Kripke (1972). Naming and Necessity. (More) [1.3c. Kripke's Modal Argument]

5. [1750] David Chalmers (1996). The Conscious Mind: In Search of a Fundamental Theory. (More) [1.1a. Consciousness, General Works]

6. [1612] Daniel Dennett (1987). The Intentional Stance. (More) [2.1b. The Intentional Stance]

7. [1451] Jerry Fodor (1975). The Language of Thought. (More) [2.1a. The Language of Thought]

8.[1388] Jon Barwise & John Perry (1983). Situations and Attitudes. (More) [2.3a. Information-Based Accounts]

9. [1266] Jerry Fodor & Zenon Pylyshyn (1988). Connectionism and cognitive architecture. (More) [6.3a. Connectionism and Compositionality]

10.[1257] John Searle (1980). Minds, brains and programs. (More) [6.1c. The Chinese Room]

Here are the top 10 most cited overall:

1. David Marr (1982). Vision. Freeman. (Cited by 5170 | Google | More links | Annotation | Edit) [7.4d. Levels of Analysis]
Defines computational, algorithmic and implementational levels.

2. James Gibson (1979). The Ecological Approach to Visual Perception. Houghton Mifflin. (Cited by 4886 | Google | More links | Edit) [7.2e. Embodiment and Situated Cognition]

3. Antonio Damasio (1994). Descartes' Error: Emotion, Reason, and the Human Brain. Putnam. (Cited by 4670 | Google | More links | Edit) [5.1c. Emotions]
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4. Daniel Kahneman, Paul Slovic & Amos Tversky (eds.) (1982). Judgment Under Uncertainty: Heuristics and Biases. Cambridge University Press. (Cited by 3476 | Google | More links | Edit) [7.2d. Rationality]

5. Jerry Fodor (1983). The Modularity of Mind. MIT Press. (Cited by 3060 | Google | More links | Annotation | Edit) [7.2b. Modularity]
Perception happens in informationally encapsulated, domain-specific modules. Central systems aren't encapsulated, and so may be impossible to understand.

6. Edwin Hutchins (1995). Cognition in the Wild. MIT Press. (Cited by 2764 | Google | More links | Edit) [2.4h. Collective Intentionality]

7. Terry Winograd & Fernando Flores (1987). Understanding Computers and Cognition. Addison-Wesley. (Cited by 2756 | Google | More links | Edit) [6.6. Philosophy of AI, Misc]

8. Daniel Dennett (1991). Consciousness Explained. Penguin. (Cited by 2608 | Google | More links | Annotation | Edit) [1.4c. Dennett's Functionalism]
Argues against the "Cartesian Theatre", advocating a "multiple drafts" model of consciousness. Presents a detailed model of processes underlying verbal report, and argues that there is nothing else (e.g. qualia) to explain.

9. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi (1990). Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience. Harper & Row. (Cited by 2522 | Google | Edit) [8.3j. The Stream of Consciousness]

10. Gilbert Ryle (1949). The Concept of Mind. Hutchinson and Co. (Cited by 2469 | Google | More links | Annotation | Edit) [4.3a. Logical Behaviorism]

How do they compile such a massive ask? Apparently, the software harvests JSTOR and other archives and personal websites for papers, and recognizes and parses bibliographic information. Then if the program determines that the entry is highly likely relevant to Mindpapers, it is automatically categorized based on further Bayesian programming. The statistical information is automated as well. Pretty cool!

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