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William Hirstein, Ph.D., is author of Mindmelding: Consciousness, Neuroscience, and the Mind’s Privacy, and Professor and Chair of the Philosophy Department at Elmhurst College.
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.