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I am a philosopher who is interested in evolutionary approaches to animal behavior and cognition (cognitive ethology). I work closely with biologists and psychologists who are dealing with questions about what can legitimately be inferred about the nature of animal cognition from field and laboratory data. I have also published on other topics in the philosophy of mind and philosophy of biology, artificial intelligence and neural networks.
Current projects include a series of papers on animal pain that may lead to a book, a paper on scientific/evolutionary concepts of culture, a book on artificial moral agents, and the capture and analysis of data from web-based logic instructional software to provide context-sensitive feedback to students and to test hypotheses about strategies for teaching and learning logic.
Since 1998 I have been consulting and programming for The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, and I am currently its Associate Editor.
Bold student names indicate a cognitive science standalone student.
|Harris, Steven||Artifacts and Human Cognitive Agency (March 2012)||Schmitt, F. (Chair), Rogers, Y., Allen, C., O’Connor, T.|
|Wang, Hua||Toward an Empirically Grounded Theory of Virtues for Consequentialism (September 2011)||Baron, M. (Co-Chair), Allen, C. (Co-Chair), Abramson, K., Weinberg, J.|
|Zednik, Carlos||Mechanistic Explanation and Dynamical Cognitive Science (August 2011)||Allen, C (Chair)., Beer, R., Weinberg, J., Chemero, A.|
|Vigo, Ronaldo||Mathematical Principles of Boolean Concept Learning (May 2008)||Allen, C. (Co-Chair), Kruschke, J. (Co-Chair), Goldstone, R., Nosofsky, R., Townsend, J.|
|Demir, Hilmi||Error Comes with Imagination: A Probabilistic Theory of Mental Content (August 2006)||Schmitt, F. (Co-Chair), Allen, C. (Co-Chair), O'Connor, T., Weinberg, J.|