Fetzer's Response to Message #1 From dxmivi


The list of my publications with Paragon House left out two other books, as well as ten books I have published with Kluwer Academic Publishers of Dordrecht, Holland (an eleventh is forthcoming), another I published with Rowman & Allanheld, two forthcoming with Oxford University Press, and of course ASSASSINATION SCIENCE, which has just been published by Open Court. In addition I co-edit the journal SYNTHESE, edit the journal MINDS AND MACHINES, and edit two book series, one for professionals, STUDIES IN COGNITIVE SYSTEMS, another for undergraduates, EXPLORATIONS IN PHILOSOPHY. Additional information concerning each of these is being provided below.

With respect to Paragon House, I was initially contacted by two respected philosophers, John Roth of Claremont Graduate School and Frederick Sontag of Pomona College, who were editing a series of textbooks for undergraduates, asking if I might be interested in authoring an introduction to the field of cognitive science. I liked the idea and soon found myself working with an excellent in-house editor, Peter Coveney, now the Executive Editor of M.E. Sharpe, Inc., of Armonk, New York. When I discovered the house was owned by the Moonies, I had a lengthy talk with Peter, who assured me that the publishing house was independent of any editorial control from the Moonies. Many publishers and other media outlets are owned by corporations with quite diverse interests, of course, and everyone in a situation like this must decide what to do for themselves. I stayed with Paragon and have now published five Paragon books. Publishing is a mixed bag for the Moonies, as I understand it, however, since Paragon appears to lose money. Our relations have been completely professional. For those interested, here is more concerning my publishing activities.

There are two other books that ought to be listed on Paragon's web site:

James H. Fetzer and Robert F. Almeder

EPISTEMOLOGY and PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE are two related foundational areas of philosophy. Drawing upon an overlapping and very technical vocabulary, the literature and texts of the field are often inaccessible to students and other readers. Here is a handy, compact resource that accurately and simply defines key terms and concepts, explains fine distinctions, and aids understanding of current debates.
JAMES H. FETZER is professor of philosophy at the University of Minnesota, Duluth. His publications include PHILOSOPHY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCE (Paragon House, 1991) and PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE (Paragon House, 1992). He is editor of the journal MINDS AND MACHINES.
ROBERT F. ALMEDER is professor of philosophy at Georgia State University. His publications include BLIND REALISM: AN ESSAY ON HUMAN KNOWLEDGE AND NATURAL SCIENCE (1991) and THE PHILOSOPHY OF CHARLES S. PEIRCE: A CRITICAL INTRODUCTION (1980).
ISBN 1-55778-558-9, 149 + ix pp., Hardback $13.95 ISBN 1-55778-559-7 Paperback $ 8.95


Charles E.M. Dunlop and James H. Fetzer
Readers and students approaching Cognitive Science often find themselves adrift in a sea of unfamiliar terminology. Here are the terms, concepts, and thinkers from the contributing disciplines of philosophy, psychology, artificial intelligence, and linguistics defined briefly and clearly, with abundant examples. This glossary is a compact resource for understanding a sophisticated and fascinating field.
CHARLES E.M. DUNLOP is professor of philosophy at the University of Michigan, Flint. He is the editor of COMPUTERIZATION AND CONTROVERSY: VALUE CONFLICTS AND SOCIAL CHOICES (1991) and PHILOSOPHICAL ESSAYS ON DREAMING (1977).
JAMES H. FETZER is professor of philosophy at the University of Minnesota, Duluth. His publications include PHILOSOPHY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCE (Paragon House, 1991) and PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE (Paragon House, 1992). He is editor of the journal MINDS AND MACHINES.
ISBN 1-55778-566-X, 146 + xii pp., Hardback $13.95 ISBN 1-55778-567-8 Paperback $8.95


Most of my other books are listed on amazon.com, but here is further information about journals and book series of which I am the editor:

SYNTHESE: An International Journal for Epistemology, Methodology and Philosophy of Science
Editor-in-Chief: Jaakko Hintikka, Boston University
Editors: James H. Fetzer, University of Minnesota, Duluth; Risto Hilpinen, University of Miami; and Barry Richards, Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine
Editor and Book Review Editor: Paul Humphreys, University of Virginia
SYNTHESE publishes articles in all the fields covered by the subtitle. These include: the theory of knowledge; the general methodological problems of science, such as the problems of scientific discovery and scientific inference, of induction and probability, of causation and the role of mathematics, statistics and logic in science; the methodological and foundational problems of the different departmental sciences, insofar as they have philosophical interest; those aspects of symbolic logic and of the foundations of mathematics which are relevant to the philosophy and methodology of science; and those facets of the history and sociology of science which are important for contemporary topical pursuits. Special attention is paid to the role of mathematical, logical and linguistic methods in the general methodology of science and the foundations of the different sciences, be they physical, biological, behavioral, or social. Papers are invited in all these fields.
ISSN 0039-7857 SYNTHESE is published monthly by Kluwer Academic Publishers. Volumes 114-117 will appear in 1998.


MINDS AND MACHINES: Journal for Artificial Intelligence, Philosophy, and Cognitive Science
Editor: James H. Fetzer, University of Minnesota, Duluth
Review Editor: William J. Rapaport, SUNY Buffalo
MINDS AND MACHINES affords an international forum for discussion and debate of important and controversial issues concerning significant developments within its areas of editorial focus. Well-reasoned contributions from diverse theoretical perspectives are welcome and every effort will be made to insure their prompt publication. Among the features that are intended to make this journal distinctive within the field are these:
--Strong stands on controversial issues are especially encouraged;
--Important articles exceeding normal journal length may appear;
--Special issues devoted to specific topics will be a regular feature;
--Review essays discussing current problem situations will appear;
--Critical responses to previously published pieces are also invited.
This journal is intended to foster a tradition of criticism within the AI and philosophical communities on problems and issues of common concern. Its scope explicitly encompasses philosophical aspects of computer science.
EDITORIAL FOCUS: Machines and Mentality, Knowledge and Its Represen- tation, Epistemic Aspects of Computer Programming, Connectionist Con- ceptions, Artificial Intelligence and Epistemology, Computer Method- ology, Computational Approaches to Philosophical Issues, Philosophy of Computer Science, Simulating and Modeling, and Ethical Aspects of Artificial Intelligence.
ISSN 0924-6495 MINDS AND MACHINES is published quarterly by Kluwer Academic Publishers. Volume 8 appears during 1998.


Editor: James H. Fetzer, University of Minnesota, Duluth
This series will include monographs and collections of studies devoted to the investigation and exploration of knowledge, information, and data-processing systems of all kinds, no matter whether human, (other) animal, or machine. Its scope is intended to span the full range of interests from classical problems in the philosophy of mind and philosophical psychology through issues in cognitive psychology and sociobiology (regarding the mental abilities of other species) to ideas related to artificial intelligence and computer science. While primary emphasis will be placed upon theoretical, conceptual and epistemological aspects of these problems and domains, empirical, experimental, and methodological studies will also appear from time to time.
STUDIES IN COGNITIVE SYSTEMS is published by Kluwer Academic Publish- ers. During 1998, the twentieth volume in the series will appear.


James H. Fetzer, Series Editor
The series, EXPLORATIONS IN PHILOSOPHY, is intended to provide undergraduates and other readers with quality introductions not only to the principal areas of philosophy, including traditional topics of investigation--epistemology, ethics, and social and political philosophy-- but also to contemporary subjects of importance such as critical theory, feminist studies, and the ethics of reproduction. In each case, the editors have chosen authors who could not only explain the central problems encountered within their respective domains, but who could also propose promising solutions to those problems, including novel approaches and original analyses.
EXPLORATIONS IN PHILOSOPHY is published by M.E. Sharpe, Inc. During 1998, the first volume in the series will appear.
JAMES H. FETZER is the founding editor of MINDS AND MACHINES, STUDIES IN COGNITIVE SYSTEMS, and EXPLORATIONS IN PHILOSOPHY. He is also the founder of The Society for Machines and Mentality, and has published more than 100 articles and reviews in professional books and journals.