The Mind Project: Intersections of Philosophy, Human Science, & Humanities in the journal Mind, 1876-1920 An Interdisciplinary Symposium at Virginia Tech, December 2-4, 2005

Sponsored by: The Virginia Tech CLAHS Humanities Fund; The Franklin J. Matchette Foundation; The Virginia Tech Departments of Philosophy, Psychology, and Science & Technology in Society

Call for Papers (deadline for acceptance: June 1, 2005):

Recent work in the history of psychology, the history of philosophy, science and technology studies, and other related fields has begun to cast new light on the development of the professionalized human sciences in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. This period witnessed the birth of numerous special disciplines including psychology, sociology, and economics, as well as the humanities as we understand them today- from an earlier, more unified tradition of inquiry. In English-language circles, this tradition developed as Œmental philosophy,¹ bearing roughly the same relation to the human sciences as Œnatural philosophy¹ did to the later natural sciences.

One key event in the transition from mental philosophy to science(s) of the mind was the establishment in 1876 of the journal, Mind, as an arbiter of the connections between philosophy and psychology. Under its first two editors, from its establishment until 1920, Mind played an essential role in producing a new understanding of the human mind. This project encompassed what today appears as a bewilderingly eclectic range of subjects.

We welcome contributions of papers, 20-30 minutes in reading length, for an interdisciplinary symposium devoted to the culture of the journal, Mind, between 1876 and 1920. Contributions from any analytical perspective are appreciated, but authors should address themselves to such issues as:

– What was inquiry about the human mind like around the turn of the 20th Century, as witnessed by the example of Mind and its detailed contents? – How can we better understand today the intellectual culture in which such inquiry occurred, especially in comparative perspective? – Who made up the community of contributors and audience for the journal during this period, and what were the various social roles of the journal in the period in question? – How was this work constitutive for later activity across the scientific and humanistic disciplines? – How has subsequent specialization and disciplinary development affected our understanding of the human mind? – What is the continuing significance of the early volumes of Mind in the 21st Century?

ABSTRACTS ~ approximately 250 words in length ~ due by June 1, 2005

For more detail, potential participants should consult the symposium webpage at: or contact the conference organizers: Tom Staley ([email protected]) and Chris Hays ([email protected])

Department of Science & Technology in Society € Virginia Tech € Blacksburg, VA 24061 € (540) 231 -7007 / -7527