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Thagard, Paul

Works: 96 works in 519 publications in 8 languages and 20,736 library holdings
Genres: History  Textbooks  Conference papers and proceedings 
Roles: Author, Editor, Other, Contributor, Creator
Classifications: Q175, 501
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Paul Thagard
Mind : introduction to cognitive science by Paul Thagard( )

45 editions published between 1996 and 2006 in English and held by 2,481 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Cognitive science is the interdisciplinary study of mind and intelligence, embracing psychology, philosophy, artificial intelligence, and linguistics. Intended as an introductory course on cognitive science, this text presupposes no special preparation in any of the above topics
The brain and the meaning of life by Paul Thagard( )

46 editions published between 2010 and 2014 in 5 languages and held by 2,405 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Why is life worth living? What makes actions right or wrong? What is reality and how do we know it? The Brain and the Meaning of Life draws on research in philosophy, psychology, and neuroscience to answer some of the most pressing questions about life's nature and value. Paul Thagard argues that evidence requires the abandonment of many traditional ideas about the soul, free will, and immortality, and shows how brain science matters for fundamental issues about reality, morality, and the meaning of life. The ongoing Brain Revolution reveals how love, work, and play provide good reasons for living. Defending the superiority of evidence-based reasoning over religious faith and philosophical thought experiments, Thagard argues that minds are brains and that reality is what science can discover. Brains come to know reality through a combination of perception and reasoning. Just as important, our brains evaluate aspects of reality through emotions that can produce both good and bad decisions. Our cognitive and emotional abilities allow us to understand reality, decide effectively, act morally, and pursue the vital needs of love, work, and play. Wisdom consists of knowing what matters, why it matters, and how to achieve it. The Brain and the Meaning of Life shows how brain science helps to answer questions about the nature of mind and reality, while alleviating anxiety about the difficulty of life in a vast universe. The book integrates decades of multidisciplinary research, but Its clear explanations and humor make it accessible to the general reader."--Jacket
Hot thought : mechanisms and applications of emotional cognition by Paul Thagard( )

28 editions published between 2006 and 2008 in English and held by 2,304 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In Hot Thought, Paul Thagard describes the mental mechanisms - cognitive, neural, molecular, and social - that interact to produce different kinds of human thinking, from everyday decision making to legal reasoning, scientific discovery, and religious belief, and he discusses when and how thinking and reasoning should be emotional." "Thagard argues that an understanding of emotional thinking needs to integrate the cognitive, neural, molecular, and social levels. Many of the chapters employ computational models of various levels of thinking, including HOTCO (hot cognition) models and the more neurologically realistic GAGE model. Thagard uses these models to illuminate thinking in the domains of law, science, and religion, discussing such topics as the role of doubt and reasonable doubt in legal and other contexts, valuable emotional habits for successful scientists, and the emotional content of religious beliefs. Identifying and assessing the impact of emotion, Thagard argues, can suggest ways to improve the process of reasoning."--Jacket
Mental leaps : analogy in creative thought by Keith James Holyoak( )

31 editions published between 1994 and 1999 in 3 languages and held by 2,181 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Analogy - recalling familiar past situations to deal with novel ones - can provide invaluable creative insights, but it can also lead to dangerous errors. In Mental Leaps, two leading cognitive scientists show how analogy works and how it can be used most effectively."--Cover
Computational philosophy of science by Paul Thagard( )

38 editions published between 1988 and 2019 in English and held by 1,873 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

By applying research in artificial intelligence to problems in the philosophy of science, Paul Thagard develops an exciting new approach to the study of scientific reasoning. This approach uses computational ideas to shed light on how scientific theories are discovered, evaluated, and used in explanations. Thagard describes a detailed computational model of problem solving and discovery that provides a conceptually rich yet rigorous alternative to accounts of scientific knowledge based on formal logic, and he uses it to illuminate such topics as the nature of concepts, hypothesis formation, analogy, and theory justification
Coherence in thought and action by Paul Thagard( )

25 editions published between 2000 and 2002 in English and held by 1,867 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Thagard shows how coherence can help to unify psychology and philosophy, particularly when addressing questions of epistemology, metaphysis, ethics, politics, and aesthetics. He also shows how coherence can integrate cognition and emotion."--Jacket
The cognitive science of science : explanation, discovery, and conceptual change by Paul Thagard( )

26 editions published between 2000 and 2014 in English and Italian and held by 1,376 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Many disciplines, including philosophy, history, and sociology, have attempted to make sense of how science works. In this book, Paul Thagard examines scientific development from the interdisciplinary perspective of cognitive science. Cognitive science combines insights from researchers in many fields: philosophers analyze historical cases, psychologists carry out behavioral experiments, neuroscientists perform brain scans, and computer modelers write programs that simulate thought processes. Thagard develops cognitive perspectives on the nature of explanation, mental models, theory choice, and resistance to scientific change, considering disbelief in climate change as a case study. He presents a series of studies that describe the psychological and neural processes that have led to breakthroughs in science, medicine, and technology. He shows how discoveries of new theories and explanations lead to conceptual change, with examples from biology, psychology, and medicine. Finally, he shows how the cognitive science of science can integrate descriptive and normative concerns; and he considers the neural underpinnings of certain scientific concepts.-- Publisher
Conceptual revolutions by Paul Thagard( Book )

29 editions published between 1992 and 2018 in 5 languages and held by 1,011 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this path-breaking work, Paul Thagard draws on history and philosophy of science, cognitive psychology, and the field of artificial intelligence to develop a theory of conceptual change capable of accounting for all major scientific revolutions. The history of science contains dramatic episodes of revolutionary change in which whole systems of concepts have been replaced by new systems. For example, Copernicus's theory of the solar system supplanted Ptolemy's, and Darwin's theory of evolution by natural selection replaced earlier creationist views. Thagard provides a new and comprehensive perspective on the transformation of scientific conceptual systems." "In addition to examining the Copernican and the Darwinian revolutions, Thagard turns his attention to the emergence of Newton's mechanics, Lavoisier's oxygen theory, Einstein's theory of relativity, quantum theory, and the geological theory of plate tectonics. He discusses the psychological mechanisms by which new concepts and links between them are formed, and advances a computational theory of explanatory coherence to show how new theories can be judged to be superior to previous ones. To assess whether the field of psychology has undergone revolutions similar to those in physics, chemistry, biology, and geology, he describes the nature and growth of behaviorism and cognitivism. Finally, he compares the transformations in scientific revolutions with the kinds of conceptual change that developmental psychologists have observed in children." "Conceptual Revolutions is essential reading for historians and philosophers of science, and has important implications as well for research in cognitive science. It is clearly written and should be accessible to anyone interested in problems of scientific change."--Jacket
How scientists explain disease by Paul Thagard( Book )

20 editions published between 1999 and 2018 in English and Chinese and held by 813 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"How do scientists develop new explanations of disease? How do those explanations become accepted as true? And how does medical diagnosis change when physicians are confronted with new scientific evidence? These are some of the questions that Paul Thagard pursues in this book that develops a new, integrative approach to the study of science." "How Scientists Explain Disease challenges both traditional philosophy of science, which has viewed science as largely a matter of logic, and contemporary science studies that view science as largely a matter of power. Drawing on theories of distributed computing and artificial intelligence, Paul Thagard develops new models that make sense of scientific change as a complex system of cognitive, social, and physical interactions."--Jacket
Philosophy of psychology and cognitive science by Dov M Gabbay( )

25 editions published between 2006 and 2007 in English and held by 621 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Psychology is the study of thinking, and cognitive science is the interdisciplinary investigation of mind and intelligence that also includes philosophy, artificial intelligence, neuroscience, linguistics, and anthropology. In these investigations, many philosophical issues arise concerning methods and central concepts. The Handbook of Philosophy of Psychology and Cognitive Science contains 16 essays by leading philosophers of science that illuminate the nature of the theories and explanations used in the investigation of minds. Topics discussed include representation, mechanisms, reduction, perception, consciousness, language, emotions, neuroscience, and evolutionary psychology. Key Features: comprehensive coverage of philosophy of psychology and cognitive science; distinguished contributors--leading philosophers in this area; contributions closely tied to relevant scientific research
Philosophy of statistics by Dov M Gabbay( )

2 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 460 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Statisticians and philosophers of science have many common interests but restricted communication with each other. This volume aims to remedy these shortcomings. It provides state-of-the-art research in the area of Philosophy of Statistics by encouraging numerous experts to communicate with one another without feeling "restricted" by their disciplines or thinking "piecemeal" in their treatment of issues. A second goal of this book is to present work in the field without bias toward any particular statistical paradigm. Broadly speaking, the essays in this Handbook are concerned with problems of induction, statistics and probability. For centuries, foundational problems like induction have been among philosophers' favorite topics; recently, however, non-philosophers have increasingly taken a keen interest in these issues. This volume accordingly contains papers by both philosophers and non-philosophers, including scholars from nine academic disciplines. Provides a bridge between philosophy and current scientific findings Covers theory and applications Encourages multi-disciplinary dialogue.--[Source inconnue]
Philosophy of economics by Dov M Gabbay( )

2 editions published between 2012 and 2014 in English and held by 449 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Part of the Handbook of the Philosophy of Science Series edited by: Dov M. Gabbay King's College, London, UK; Paul Thagard University of Waterloo, Canada; and John Woods University of British Columbia, Canada. Philosophy of Economics investigates the foundational concepts and methods of economics, the social science that analyzes the production, distribution and consumption of goods and services. This groundbreaking collection, the most thorough treatment of the philosophy of economics ever published, brings together philosophers, scientists and historians to map out the central
Philosophy of technology and engineering sciences( )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 440 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Handbook Philosophy of Technology and Engineering Sciences addresses numerous issues in the emerging field of the philosophy of those sciences that are involved in the technological process of designing, developing and making of new technical artifacts and systems. These issues include the nature of design, of technological knowledge, and of technical artifacts, as well as the toolbox of engineers. Most of these have thus far not been analyzed in general philosophy of science, which has traditionally but inadequately regarded technology as mere applied science and focused on physics, biology, mathematics and the social sciences. . First comprehensive philosophical handbook on technology and the engineering sciences . Unparalleled in scope including explorative articles . In depth discussion of technical artifacts and their ontology . Provides extensive analysis of the nature of engineering design . Focuses in detail on the role of models in technology
Philosophy of chemistry by Dov M Gabbay( )

2 editions published between 2011 and 2014 in English and held by 420 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Philosophy of Chemistry investigates the foundational concepts and methods of chemistry, the science of the nature of substances and their transformations. This groundbreaking collection, the most thorough treatment of the philosophy of chemistry ever published, brings together philosophers, scientists and historians to map out the central topics in the field. The 33 articles address the history of the philosophy of chemistry and the philosophical importance of some central figures in the history of chemistry; the nature of chemical substances; central chemical concepts and methods, in
Mind readings : introductory selections on cognitive science by Paul Thagard( Book )

20 editions published between 1998 and 2005 in English and Undetermined and held by 408 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mind Readings is a collection of readings on some of the key topics in cognitive science. The book is designed so as to be especially helpful when read in conjunction with Paul Thagard's 'Mind - an Introduction to Cognitive Science'
Mind-society : from brains to social sciences and professions by Paul Thagard( )

7 editions published in 2019 in English and held by 241 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Paul Thagard's Treatise on Mind and Society is a trio of books: Brain-Mind: From Neurons to Consciousness and Creativity, Mind-Society: From Brains to Social Sciences and Professions, and Natural Philosophy: From Social Brains to Knowledge, Reality, Morality, and Beauty. Mind-Society melds the neural and mental mechanisms in this book with complementary social mechanisms to explain a wide range of social phenomena. The result is an integrated account of five social sciences (economics, politics, sociology, anthropology, and history), and of five professions (medicine, law, education, business, and engineering)"--
Natural philosophy : from social brains to knowledge, reality, morality, and beauty by Paul Thagard( )

8 editions published in 2019 in English and held by 232 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Paul Thagard uses new accounts of brain mechanisms and social interactions to forge theories of mind, knowledge, reality, morality, justice, meaning, and the arts. Natural Philosophy brings new methods for analyzing concepts, understanding values, and achieving coherence. It shows how to unify the humanities with the cognitive and social sciences. How can people know what is real and strive to make the world better? Philosophy is the attempt to answer general questions about the nature of knowledge, reality, and values. Natural Philosophy pursues these questions by drawing heavily on the sciences and finds no room for supernatural entities such as souls, gods, and possible worlds. It provides original accounts of the traditional branches of philosophy, including epistemology, metaphysics, ethics, and aesthetics. Rather than reducing the humanities to the sciences, this book displays fertile interconnections that show that philosophical questions and artistic practices can be much better understood by considering how human brains operate and interact in social contexts. The sciences and the humanities are interdependent, because both the natural and social sciences cannot avoid questions about methods and values that are primarily the province of philosophy. This book belongs to a trio that includes Brain-Mind: From Neurons to Consciousness and Creativity and Mind-Society: From Brains to Social Sciences and Professions. They can be read independently, but together they make up a Treatise on Mind and Society that provides a unified and comprehensive treatment of the cognitive sciences, social sciences, professions, and humanities
Brain-mind : from neurons to consciousness and creativity by Paul Thagard( )

6 editions published in 2019 in English and held by 222 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Brain-Mind presents a unified, brain-based theory of cognition and emotion, with applications to the most complex kinds of thinking, right up to consciousness and creativity. Unification comes from systematic application of Chris Eliasmith's powerful new Semantic Pointer Architecture, a highly original synthesis of neural network and symbolic ideas about how the mind works. Thagard will show the relevance of semantic pointers to a full range of important kinds of mental representations, from sensations and imagery to concepts, rules, analogies, and emotions. Neural mechanisms can then be used to explain many phenomena concerning consciousness, action, intention, language, creativity, and the self. Because of their broad importance, Thagard has tried to make Eliasmith's ideas accessible to a broad audience with no special background in neuroscience or mathematics. The value of a unified theory of thinking goes well beyond psychology, neuroscience, and the other cognitive sciences"--
Model-based reasoning in scientific discovery by Lorenzo Magnani( Book )

11 editions published in 1999 in English and held by 201 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Science, pseudo-science, and society by Paul Thagard( )

12 editions published between 1980 and 2008 in English and held by 118 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The brain and the meaning of lifeHot thought : mechanisms and applications of emotional cognitionMental leaps : analogy in creative thoughtComputational philosophy of scienceCoherence in thought and actionConceptual revolutionsHow scientists explain diseasePhilosophy of psychology and cognitive science
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