Christopher Viger is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Western Ontario and a Member of the Rotman Institute of Philosophy. His research centers on philosophy of mind, philosophy of psychology, and philosophy of cognitive science, with a focus on the relation between language and thought. He is largely interested in how neural connectivity realizes conceptual structures and how acquisition of the lexicon exploits these structures. He utilizes this understanding of cognitive architecture to understand critical thinking, cognitive transfer, and bias.
Viger began his academic training in mathematics and logic, teaching mathematics for three years at the Lester B. Pearson United World College of the Pacific. He then completed his PhD in Philosophy at McGill University, supervised by Paul Pietroski. After graduating, Chris worked as a postdoctoral fellow with Daniel Dennett at Tufts University. He then served as a visiting professor at Dalhousie University, a SSHRC postdoctoral fellow, and a visiting fellow at the CUNY Graduate Center and Rutgers Center for Cognitive Science, before joining the faculty at Western.
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