John Haugeland, 1945-2010
June 23, 2010 10:29 AM Subscribe
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American philosopher John Haugeland
has died. In dramatic fashion, he suffered a massive heart attack in the middle of a conference dedicated to his work on the occasion of his retirement. He made enormous contributions to the philosophy of mind and introduced many undergraduates to the very idea of artificial intelligence
Haugeland was also one of the most important scholars on the early work of Martin Heidegger
, and made the ramifications of his work apparent at a time when most English-speaking philosophers were dismissing him as a charlatan and a Nazi
.* Haugeland was early in arguing against various purely computational theories of the mind, favoring those that incorporated the whole of the body and treated thinkers as organisms in their environment. His Mind Design
, an anthology of essays by major thinkers on the subject, set the agenda for much of cognitive science and philosophy of mind in the last two decades. Those interested in these themes and Haugeland’s take on them might want to read his “Mind Embodied and Embedded.”
* - Link skips to the third page of an article on Hannah Arendt.
Full disclosure: Haugeland was my undergraduate thesis advisor, so I’m biased as all hell on the importance of his work.