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Paul Thagard


One of the most influential cognitive scientists in Canada, philosopher Paul Thagard is among the top researchers building theories of thinking worldwide.  He has been crossing the divide between the humanities and sciences for over 30 years, linking fundamental philosophical issues to scientific questions about the nature of the mind and brain.  Paul Thagard pioneered the philosophical use of computer models to help understand the structure and growth of scientific knowledge.  A prolific writer, he has contributed to research in analogy and creativity, cognition in the history of science, and the role of emotion in thinking. He has investigated the relevance of psychology and neuroscience for ethical questions about morality and the meaning of life.  His research has yielded 10 books and some 200 scholarly articles, many highly cited.  He is currently working on new theories of emotion, intention, and consciousness. 

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March 9, 2017 | Event

2017 University Visits

February 18, 2016 | Event

2016 University Visits


2014: Council Killam Prize winners Featured on CBC Radio's Ideas (CBC Radio One)

2013: Saving the world one idea at a time (CBC Radio One)

2012: Is discovery a science or an art? (CBC Radio One)