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 of the first two books 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 Dec. 20, 2016