Mind (journal)

Mind is a quarterly peer-reviewed academic journal published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Mind Association. Having previously published exclusively philosophy in the analytic tradition, it now "aims to take quality to be the sole criterion of publication, with no area of philosophy, no style of philosophy, and no school of philosophy excluded."[1] Its institutional home is shared between the University of Oxford and University College London.

Mind (journal)
Edited byAdrian William Moore, Lucy O'Brien
Publication details
Publication history
Oxford University Press on behalf of the Mind Association (United Kingdom)
Standard abbreviations
ISSN0026-4423 (print)
1460-2113 (web)
OCLC no.40463594

History and profile

The journal was established in 1876 by the Scottish philosopher Alexander Bain (University of Aberdeen)[2] with his colleague and former student George Croom Robertson (University College London) as editor-in-chief. With the death of Robertson in 1891, George Stout took over the editorship and began a 'New Series'. Early on, the journal was dedicated to the question of whether psychology could be a legitimate natural science. In the first issue, Robertson wrote:

Now, if there were a journal that set itself to record all advances in psychology, and gave encouragement to special researches by its readiness to publish them, the uncertainty hanging over the subject could hardly fail to be dispelled. Either psychology would in time pass with general consent into the company of the sciences, or the hollowness of its pretensions would be plainly revealed. Nothing less, in fact, is aimed at in the publication of Mind than to procure a decision of this question as to the scientific standing of psychology.[3]

Throughout the 20th century, the journal was leading in the publishing of analytic philosophy. In 2015, under the auspices of its new editors-in-chief Lucy O'Brien (University College London) and Adrian William Moore (University of Oxford), it started accepting papers from all styles and schools of philosophy.

Many famous essays have been published in Mind by such figures as Charles Darwin, J. M. E. McTaggart and Noam Chomsky. Three of the most famous, arguably, are Lewis Carroll's "What the Tortoise Said to Achilles" (1895), Bertrand Russell's "On Denoting" (1905), and Alan Turing's "Computing Machinery and Intelligence" (1950), in which he first proposed the Turing test.


The following persons have been editors-in-chief:

Notable articles

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Early 20th century

Mid 20th century

Late 20th century

See also


  1. ^ "About the journal". Oxford University Press. Retrieved 2017-01-31.
  2. ^ a b D. Brett King et. al. (1995). "History of Sport Psychology in Cultural Magazines of the Victorian Era" (PDF). The Sport Psychologist. 9. Retrieved 13 August 2015.
  3. ^ Robertson, "Prefatory Words," Mind, 1 (1): 1876, p. 3; quoted at Alexander Klein, The Rise of Empiricism: William James, Thomas Hill Green, and the Struggle over Psychology, p. 92 "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-11-04. Retrieved 2007-06-05.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)

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"The Unreality of Time" is the best-known philosophical work of the Cambridge idealist J. M. E. McTaggart (1866–1925). In the argument, first published as a journal article in Mind in 1908, McTaggart argues that time is unreal because our descriptions of time are either contradictory, circular, or insufficient. A slightly different version of the argument appeared in 1927 as one of the chapters in the second volume of McTaggart's greatest work, The Nature of Existence.The argument for the unreality of time is popularly treated as a stand-alone argument that does not depend on any significant metaphysical principles (e.g. as argued by C. D. Broad 1933 and L. O. Mink 1960). R. D. Ingthorsson disputes this, and argues that the argument can only be understood as an attempt to draw out certain consequences of the metaphysical system that McTaggart presents in the 1st Volume of The Nature of Existence (Ingthorsson 1998 & 2016).

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