PHEB502 Philosophy and Cognitive Science


The aim of the course is to introduce students to the different relationships between philosophy and cognitive science and to acquaint them with the philosophical issues raised inside cognitive science and at the intersection of cognitive science and philosophy.

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Prof. Lilia Gurova, PhD

Course Description:


After completing successfully this course the students will:

1) know:

• What has been the role of philosophy in the cognitive revolution;

• What distinguishes philosophy of cognitive science from philosophy in cognitive science;

• What is at stake in the debates about the role of representations and computation in human cognition;

• The philosophical grounds of the cognitive theories of emotions, reasoning, concepts and morality.

2) be capable of:

• Presenting correctly the different views about the use of representations, normative rules, and concepts in human cognitive system;

• Discussing the evidence for and against the conceptions of embodied cognition, theory of mind and cognitive foundations of morality.


Full-time Programmes

Types of Courses:

Language of teaching:


  1. Introduction: Philosophy of cognitive science, philosophy in cognitive science, and philosophy at the intersection of cognitive science and philosophy.
  2. A brief history of the cognitive revolution: the role of philosophy.
  3. Foundational debates: representationalism.
  4. Foundational debates: computationalism.
  5. Cognition and the brain.
  6. Embodied cognition
  7. Emotions
  8. Theory of mind
  9. Concepts and categorization
  10. Rationality and reasoning
  11. Sociality and the cognitive science of morality
  12. TEST
  13. SEMINAR 1: The rationality debate
  14. SEMINAR 2: Cognition and culture
  15. SEMINAR 3: At the intersection of cognitive science and philosophy: experimental philosophy


Pléh, C., Gurova, L., Ropolyi, L. (Eds.) (2013). New Perspectives on the History of Cognitive Science. Budapest: Akadémiai Kiadó.

Samuels, R., Margolis, E., Stich, S. P.. (Eds.) (2012). The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Cognitive Science. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Stainton, R. (Ed.) (2006). Contemporary Debates in Cognitive Science. Oxford: Blackwell.

Thagard, P. (2005). Mind: Introduction to Cognitive Science. 2nd edition. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press.

Thagard, P. (Ed.) (2007). Philosophy of Psychology and Cognitive Science. Amsterdam: Elsevier.


Test (50%)

Participation in seminars (50%)