Mind (journal)

For other uses, see Mind (disambiguation).
Abbreviated title (ISO 4)
Discipline Philosophy
Language English
Edited by Thomas Baldwin
Publication details
Oxford University Press on behalf of the Mind Association (United Kingdom)
Publication history
Frequency Quarterly
ISSN 0026-4423 (print)
1460-2113 (web)
LCCN sn98-23315
OCLC no. 40463594
JSTOR 00264423

Mind is a British peer-reviewed academic journal, currently published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Mind Association, which deals with philosophy in the analytic tradition. Its institutional home is the University of York.

History and profile

Mind was established in 1876 by the Scottish philosopher Alexander Bain (University of Aberdeen)[1] 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'. The current editor is Thomas Baldwin (University of York).

Although the journal now focuses on analytic philosophy, it began as a journal 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.[2]

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 of Mind:

Notable articles

Late 19th century

Early 20th century

Mid 20th century

Late 20th century

See also


  1. 1 2 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.
  2. 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
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