I identify myself with both the tradition of Analytic Philosophy and the philosophical worldview called Naturalism, which is why the name of my blog is “Analytic Naturalist”. My blog is more or less dedicated to writing posts about the philosophical topics that are mostly related to Philosophy of Mind. The content of my blog will be more or less quasi-casual in the sense that I’m going to post my rough ideas with arguments that will probably be less thorough and rigorous than my academic ones. Most of my post entries will probably be based on some of my recent readings of either an old or new article. I will also include some of my personal opinions related to philosophy every now and then.
How I got into philosophy
I’m not exactly sure when and how I became interested in Philosophy. As far as I can remember, at the age of 16 I first read about philosophy in an encyclopedia and then at the age of 17 or 18 I took a high school course about philosophy. Ever since I went to college, I studied Philosophy via class and personal reading for at least seven years (from Washington Adventist University to University of Maryland). Initially, I read some introductory textbooks on philosophy and then read a lot of primary works by Leibniz, Hume, Kant, Spinoza, Russell, Wittgenstein, Fichte, Plato, Descartes, Jaspers, Marx, Nietzsche, and others (I must admit that in hindsight I think my reading was a bit superficial; I mostly relied on secondary sources to guide me as I read). In other words, I use to be into the history of philosophy for quite sometime. I was also into some portions of Existentialism, Marxism, Postmodernism, Buddhism, and mysticism. Moreover, I use to be a huge fan of Immanuel Kant and Spinoza (I still consider them to be among the great philosophers). I had little acquaintance with the Analytic tradition through Bertrand Russell, Wittgenstein, and Saul Kirpke, but apart from them I had no interest in Analytic Philosophy; I had little idea about what it was. I use to think it was nothing more than a shadow of Logical Positivism focusing on dry and technical topics. That all changed when I read Jaegwon Kim’s “Mind in the Physical World.” The book inspired me to pursue Philosophy of Mind which in turn “converted” me into the Analytic tradition. Ever since my “conversion” I read many works within the Analytic tradition and never turned back. Eventually, my interests expand into Cognitive Science and Evolutionary Psychology via Steven Pinker’s works “Language Instinct” and “The Blank Slate”.
My philosophical interests are mostly in Philosophy of Mind. In Philosophy of Mind, I have a range of interests such as the Computational Theory of Mind, Representationalism, naturalizing intentionality, mental causation, Nativism, concepts, abduction (inference to the best explanation), physicalism, and others. Through reading some introductory textbooks and professional literature, I developed some background knowledge on other topics such as Free Will, Personal Identity, Meta Ethics, and Epistemology.
- My favorite T.V. Shows are Adventure Time, Regular Show, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Angel, Family Guy, Doctor Who, Sherlock (BBC), and That 70’s Show.
- I love watching documentaries, especially ones from BBC Horizon and PBS Nova.
- My favorite blogs are Rationally Speaking, Commonsense Atheism, and Slatestarcodex.
- I interviewed Noam Chomsky, who is one of my favorite philosophers of all time.
- I’m an atheistic naturalist
- I personally met Thomas Nagel before I read one of his worst books ever. I have yet to read one of his best work “The View From Nowhere.”
- I have other academic interests besides philosophy such as history and cognitive science
- I mostly listen to classical music.
- I’ve read over 120 (philosophy) books.
- I’m a very very lazy night person.