Christopher Viger


Associate Professor
Member, Rotman Institute of Philosophy

Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Psychology, Philosophical Issues in Cognitive Science
BSc Alberta; MSc McGill; MA Carleton; PhD McGill

Phone: 519-661-2111 ext. 85755
Office: Stevenson Hall, Room 4149

Very broadly my research interests focus on the relation between language and thought. My work is informed by cognitive neuroscience, especially how neural connectivity realizes conceptual structures and how acquisition of the lexicon exploits these structures. I am using this cognitive architecture to understand critical thinking, cognitive transfer, and bias.

I supervise in traditional philosophy of mind, philosophy of psychology, and philosophy of cognitive science. I can play an advising role for any work involving an account of concepts.

Recent Publications

“The Role of Cognitive Science in Critical Thinking: The Case of Concept Acquisition,” in A. Ben Maissa (ed.) The Role of Critical Thinking in Education, Training and Academic Research: Colloquium and Seminar Series. Rabat: Proceedings of Faculté des Lettres et des Sciences Humaines, Mohammed V-Agdal University, 182, 2014: 59-74.    

Context, Compositionality and Semantic Values: Essays in Honour of Ernie Lepore. Studies in Linguistics and Philosophy (85). Springer, 2009 (co-edited with R. Stainton).

“The Acquired Language of Thought Hypothesis: A Theory of Symbol Grounding,” in Symbol Grounding, edited by Tony Belpaeme, Stephen J. Cowley, and Karl F. MacDorman, John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2009: 127-144.