Philosophy of Mind and Language

xray of skullMind & Language at Western offers a program of study anchored in core topics in contemporary Anglo-American philosophy of mind and language, with sub-specializations available in either philosophy of mind or philosophy of language.

Beyond those core topics, the Philosophy Department’s relationships with other academic units at Western afford unique opportunities for students interested in studying mind and language in an interdisciplinary way. In particular, our graduate students often pursue research in clinical and theoretical linguistics and in cognitive neuroscience (especially via Western’s Brain and Mind Institute and the Rotman Institute of Philosophy).

In addition, the Department has several faculty members working on the history of philosophy of mind and language, and on the intersection between mind and ethics.


Core Faculty
Michael Anderson (Philosophy of Neuroscience)
David Bourget (Mind, Language)
Angela Mendelovici (Mind)
Robert Stainton (Mind, Language, Cognitive Science)
Jacqueline Sullivan (Philosophy of Neuroscience)
Chris Viger (Mind, Cognitive Science)

Affiliated Graduate Faculty
Steve Bland
Adrian Owen

Emeritus Faculty
Ausonio Marras
Bruce Freed

Faculty with Related Interests
Carolyn McLeod (Moral Psychology)

Research Groups/Programs
Lab Associates Program (Joint with the Brain and Mind Institute)
Language and Cognition Research Group