Stephen Braude is one of the few philosophers who have applied his discipline’s thinking to questions surrounding parapsychology and paranormal events. He is emeritus professor of philosophy and former chair of the department at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. He is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Scientific Exploration.
After publishing a number of articles in the philosophy of language, temporal logic and the philosophy of time, he turned his attention to several related problems in the philosophy of science and the philosophy of mind — in particular, questions concerning causality, scientific explanation generally and psychological explanation specifically. One of his overriding concerns was to demonstrate the inadequacy of mechanistic theories in psychology and cognitive science.
He also examined the evidence of parapsychology to see whether it would provide new insights into these and other traditional philosophical issues. After that, he shifted his focus to problems in philosophical psychopathology, writing extensively on the connections between dissociation and classic philosophical problems as well as central issues in parapsychology such as the unity of consciousness, multiple personality and moral responsibility, and the nature of mental mediumship.
He is past president of the Parapsychological Association and is the recipient of several grants and fellowships, including Research Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the BIAL Foundation in Portugal. He has published more than 60 philosophical essays in such journals as Noûs; The Philosophical Review; Philosophical Studies; Analysis; Inquiry; Philosophia; Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society; Philosophy, Psychiatry and Psychology; Social Philosophy and Policy; New Ideas in Psychology; The Journal of Scientific Exploration; and The Journal of Trauma and Dissociation.
He also is a pianist and conducts original scores under his alter ego as the Jazz Professor (See www.jazzphilosopher.com).
- B.A., Philosophy with High Honors, Oberlin College
- Undergraduate study, Philosophy and English, University of London (University College)
- M.A., University of Massachusetts at Amherst
- Ph.D., University of Massachusetts at Amherst
- Crimes of Reason: On Mind, Nature, and the Paranormal (2014) http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1442235756/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=1442235756&linkCode=as2&tag=stephebraud
- The Gold Leaf Lady and Other Parapsychological Investigations (2007) http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0226071529/stephebraud
- Immortal Remains: The Evidence for Life After Death (2003) http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0742514722/stephebraud
- “Perspectival Awareness and Postmortem Survival” Journal of Scientific Exploration,23 (2009): 195-210
- “My Career on the Margins.” In R. Pilkington (Ed.): Men and Women of Parapsychology: Personal Reflections: Espirit, Volume 2. San Antonio & New York: Anomalist Books (2013): 89-102
- “The Fear of Psi: It’s the Thought that Counts.” In Taylor, G. (Ed.): Darklore Volume 2, Daily Grail Publishing, Brisbane (2008): 99-111
- “Memory without a Trace.” European Journal of Parapsychology 21, Special Issue (2006): 182-202. (Has also been reprinted online at AntiMatters, vol. 1 no. 1 (2007)
- “Personal Identity and Postmortem Survival.” Social Philosophy and Policy 22, 2 (2005): 226-249. Reprinted in E.F. Paul, F.D. Miller, & J. Paul (eds) Personal Identity. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (2005): 226-249
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