Professor, University Research Chair (emeritus)

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Webpage: Paul Thagard's website


PhD, University of Toronto (Philosophy 1977)
MA, University of Cambridge (Philosophy 1973)
MS, University of Michigan (Computer Science 1985)
BA, University of Saskatchewan (Philosophy 1971)


He is the author of Coherence in Thought and Action (Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) (MIT) Press, 2000), How Scientists Explain Disease (Princeton University Press, 1999), Mind: Introduction to Cognitive Science (MIT Press, 1996; second edition, 2005), Conceptual Revolutions (Princeton University Press, 1992), and Computational Philosophy of Science (MIT Press, 1988); and co-author of Mental Leaps: Analogy in Creative Thought (MIT Press, 1995) and  Induction: Processes of Inference, Learning, and Discovery (MIT Press, 1986). His articles have appeared in Philosophy of Science, Cognitive Science, Journal of Philosophy, Canadian Journal of Philosophy, Artificial Intelligence, Synthese, and many other journals and books.

Dr. Thagard was Chair of the Governing Board of the Cognitive Science Society, 1998-1999, and President of the Society for Machines and Mentality, 1997-1998. He has held a Canada Council Killam fellowship, and in 1999 was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. In 2003, he received a University of Waterloo Award for Excellence in Research, in 2005 he was named a University Research Chair, and in 2006 he was named a Fellow of the Cognitive Science Society.

University of Waterloo

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Bots and Beasts. New book by CTN Founding Member Paul Thagard

Paul Thagard, philosopher, cognitive scientist, Killam prize winner, and founding CTN member has a new book out: Bots and Beasts. bots and beasts book cover

The Meaning of Life

Centre for Theoretical Neuroscience founding member Paul Thagard has contributed a chapter on The Relevance of Neuroscience to Meaning in Life for The Oxford Handbook of Meaning in Life. You can find it, and more, at Prof. Thagard's website (pdf).