William Hirstein is both a philosopher and a scientist, having published numerous scientific articles, including works on phantom limbs, autism, consciousness, sociopathy, and the misidentification syndromes. He is the author of several books, including On Searle (Wadsworth, 2001), On the Churchlands (Wadsworth, 2004), Brain Fiction: Self-Deception and the Riddle of Confabulation (MIT, 2005), and Mindmelding: Consciousness, Neuroscience, and the Mind’s Privacy (Oxford, 2012).
Neuroscience has entered a revolutionary era, where progress in understanding the brain is occuring at a breathtaking pace. Many of their findings are relevant to ancient philosophical questions about the nature of our conscious minds, our sense of self, and our cultures and societies. Neuroscience can thus enlighten philosophy. At the same time, philosophers can enlighten neuroscience with their expertise in introspection, argumentation, and conceptual analysis, along with their vast history of work on the mind.