Stephen E. Braude, PhD, is emeritus professor of philosophy at the University of Maryland Baltimore County. 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. Along the way, he 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 for example, the unity of consciousness, multiple personality and moral responsibility, and the nature of mental mediumship.
He is past president of the Parapsychological Association and the recipient of several grants and fellowships, including research fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the BIAL Foundation. He has published more than fifty philosophical essays, and six books: ESP and Psychokinesis: A Philosophical Examination (2002), The Limits of Influence: Psychokinesis and the Philosophy of Science (1997), First Person Plural: Multiple Personality and the Philosophy of Mind (1995), Immortal Remains: The Evidence for Life After Death (2003) and The Gold Leaf Lady and Other Parapsychological Investigations (2007), which describes Braude's own encounters with the paranormal. His latest book is Crimes of Reason: On Mind, Nature, and the Paranormal. He is also a professional pianist and composer and a prize-winning stereo photographer.