Cognitive Neuroscience and Philosophy of Mind
The PhD Program in Cognitive Neuroscience and Philosophy of Mind is a full-time 3-year joint program with Vita-Salute San Raffaele University.
The doctoral program aims at training scholars in the following macro-areas of research:
(a) Theoretical syntax and neurolinguistics,
(b) Cognitive and neurocognitive science,
The PhD Program aims at training qualified scholars in both theoretical reflection and experimental study. Research projects will be promoted both in traditional areas which evolve through connections with cognitive sciences (linguistics, syntax, theories of computation, philosophy of mind, philosophy of language, epistemology of pure and applied sciences, ethical and social issues concerning studies on human cognition, public and applied ethics) and in new and emerging domains (neurolinguistics, neuropragmatics, social neuroscience and neuroeconomics, neuroethics). Thanks to their network of prestigious national and international collaborations, the Institute for Advanced Studies (IUSS) and Vita-Salute San Raffaele University are privileged institutions for pursuing research in these highly interdisciplinary areas.
Young scholars will be trained both by consolidating and strengthening their competences in their original areas of study, and by offering them the required theoretical and experimental tools in the relevant subjects of cognitive sciences and neurosciences, linguistics, and philosophy. The general aim is to favour a multidisciplinary approach which will allow students to foster original and innovative research in their specific field.
The PhD Program in Cognitive Neuroscience and Philosophy of Mind is a unique program in the national landscape, for at least two reasons. First, it crosses the borders between different disciplines, thus promoting a highly interdisciplinary approach – as witnessed by the composition of the teaching board and by the various research areas. Second, it offers teaching and research activities in collaboration with prestigious international research institutes, allowing students to partake in, and develop, projects with European and extra-European resonance.