Thagard is a philosopher, cognitive scientist, and author of many interdisciplinary books. He is a graduate of the Universities
of Saskatchewan, Cambridge, Toronto (Ph. D. in philosophy) and Michigan (M.S.
in computer science). He is a Fellow of the Royal Society
of Canada, the Cognitive Science Society, and the Association for Psychological
Science. The Canada Council awarded him a Killam Research Fellowship (1997), a Molson
Prize (2007), and a Killam Prize (2013).
Recent publications for 2012-2016. Google Scholar profile.
Software application for increasing mutual understanding using cognitive-affective maps: EMPATHICA.
Paul Thagard's blog for Psychology Today.
Current Project: Treatise on Mind and Society
This treatise consists of a trio of books that can be read independently:
- Brain-Mind: From Neurons to Consciousness and Creativity
- Mind-Society: From Brains to Social Sciences and Professions
- Natural Philosophy: From Social Brains to Knowledge, Reality, Morality, and Beauty.
Drafts are available on request. Email Paul.
The treatise is under contract with Oxford University Press, with expected publication in 2019.
- The Cognitive Science of Science: Explanation, Discovery, and Conceptual Change (MIT Press, 2012). Amazon.com. Amazon.ca. Podcast.
- The Brain and the
Meaning of Life (Princeton University Press, 2010). Amazon.com, Amazon.ca, Podcast.
of Psychology and Cognitive Science(ed., Elsevier, 2007).
Thought: Mechanisms and Applications of Emotional Cognition (MIT Press,
- Mind: Introduction to Cognitive Science (MIT Press, 1996;
second edition, 2005).
in Thought and Action (MIT Press, 2000).
Scientists Explain Disease (Princeton University Press, 1999).
- Mind Readings: Introductory Selections in Cognitive Science (ed., MIT Press, 1998).
Leaps: Analogy in Creative Thought(MIT Press, 1995) with Keith Holyoak.
- Conceptual Revolutions (Princeton
University Press, 1992).
Philosophy of Science (MIT Press, 1988).
Processes of Inference, Learning, and Discovery (MIT Press, 1986) with John Holland, Keith Holyoak, and Richard Nisbett.
Lectures: PDFs of Powerpoint slides
- Brain Mechanisms Explain Emotions and Consciousness (Atlanta, Georgia; Berlin, Germany; Buffalo, New York; Kelowna, British Columbia; Santiago, Chile)
- Creativity in Humans and Computers (Plymouth, England)
- Conceptual Change in the Brain Revolution (London, Ontario)
- Historical Explanation and Conceptual Change (Helsinki, Finland)
- Relevant Emotions (Kasnas, Finland)
- The Emotional Coherence of the Islamic State (Berlin, Germany; Reno, Nevada)
- What are Values in Public Health? (Barcelona, Spain)
- Why Reason? Inference, Reasoning, and Education (Montreal, Quebec; Munich, Germany)
Courses (before retirement Oct. 1, 2016)
- COGSCI 300, Intelligence in Machines, Humans, and Other Animals
- COGSCI 600, graduate seminar in cognitive science
- Phil 110a, Philosophy: Knowledge and Reality
- Phil 145, Critical
- Phil 224, Environmental Ethics
- Phil 226, Medical Ethics
- Phil 255, Philosophy of Mind 2014
- Phil 255, Philosophy of Mind, 2005
- Phil 255, Philosophy
of Mind, 2000
- Phil/Psych 256:
Introduction to Cognitive Science
- Phil 371: Topics in Philosophy: Intelligence in Machines, Humans, and Other Animals
- Phil/Psych 446
(2005), Cognitive Modelling
- Phil/Psych 446, (2007) Seminar in Cognitive
- Phil/Psych 447, (2008) Seminar in Cognitive Science:
Brains and the Meaning of Life
- Phil/Psych 447, (2009) Seminar in Cognitive
Science: Creativity and Emotion
- Phil/Psych 447, (2010) Seminar in Cognitive Science:
Mind and Society
- Phil/Psych 447, (2011) Seminar in Cognitive
Science: Creativity and Innovation
- Phil 447 / Psych 447 / Phil 673 (2013): Seminar in Cognitive Science - Consciousness
- Phil/Psych 447, Phil 673 (2015): Seminar in Cognitive Science: Cognition and Social Change
- Phil 474/673: Life, Mind, and Disease
- Phil 479/679M,
Foundations of Cognitive Science
- Phil 680, Rationality
- Phil 680b, Rationality, continued.
Department of Philosophy
University of Waterloo
Waterloo, On., Canada
Laboratory. Information on cognitive science, bibliographies, software.
This page updated May 17, 2017.