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2017 Keynote Speaker

Dr. Paul Thagard
2017 LHRD keynote lecture as part of The Lucille & Norton Wolf Health Research Lecture Series

“Explaining Mental Illness”

Dr. Paul Thagard is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the University of Waterloo, where he founded the Cognitive Science Program.

He has written many papers and books, including The Cognitive Science of Science (MIT Press, 2012) and How Scientists Explain Disease (Princeton University Press, 1999). He is now working on a 3-book Treatise on Mind and Society to be published by Oxford University Press.  

Dr. Thagard’s main research areas are philosophy of science and medicine, cognitive science and philosophy of mind. Specific topics include analogy, coherence, decision making, conceptual change, explanatory reasoning, theoretical neuroscience, discovery and innovation, emotions and consciousness, moral psychology, and theories and explanations in biomedicine.

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 in1997, a Molson Prize in 2007 and a Killam Prize in 2013.