Cognitive Philosophy

Investigating philosophical topics from the perspective of cognitive science

Cognitive philosophy strives to integrate models on different levels of analysis, from sciences such as cognitive neuroscience, cognitive ethology, and cognitive psychology, in order to apply their results to questions explored in, for example, metaphilosophy, epistemology, philosophy of science, and philosophy of mind.

By analysing how agents interpret, represent, and conceptualize the world and themselves via their limited cognitive and neurological capacities, philosophical investigations can be seen to be constrained by cognitive limitations and evolutionarily directed interests and motivations.

Numerous central philosophical debates, such as those concerning, for example, intelligence, AGI, knowledge, reflection, and communication involve phenomena that are best investigated in relation to the minds and brains of cognitive agents.

How do concepts capture reality?

What is the relationship between the apprehender and the world?

How can philosophy become relevant for science?

For more than two millennia, Western philosophy has strived to understand reality and what it means to be a part of it. However, finding a fruitful way to accomplish this in philosophy has proven to be no trivial matter, as countless disparate practices and traditions have been developed. We investigate perspectives that are essential in order to make philosophy more productive by cohering better with science.