Jean Nicod Prize

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The Jean Nicod Prize is awarded annually in Paris to a leading philosopher of mind or philosophically oriented cognitive scientist. The lectures are organized by the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique as part of its effort to promote interdisciplinary research in cognitive science in France. The 1993 lectures marked the centenary of the birth of the French philosopher and logician Jean Nicod (1893–1924). Besides the CNRS, sponsors include the École Normale Supérieure and the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences. The Jean Nicod lecturer is expected to deliver at least four lectures on a topic of his or her choice, and subsequently to publish the set of lectures, or a monograph based on them in the Jean Nicod Lectures series (MIT Press/Bradford Books; F. Recanati editor).


List of Jean Nicod Prize laureates from 1993 to the present day:

(Source: Institut Jean Nicod)

Year Name Affiliation Title Video Publication
1993 Jerry Fodor Rutgers University The Elm and the Expert: Mentalese and Its Semantics n/a ISBN 0-262-56093-3
1994 Fred Dretske Stanford University Naturalizing the Mind n/a ISBN 0-262-54089-4
1995 Donald Davidson University of California, Berkeley n/a n/a n/a
1996 Hans Kamp University of Stuttgart Thinking and Talking about Things n/a n/a
1997 Jon Elster Columbia University Strong Feelings. Emotion, Addiction, and Human Behavior n/a ISBN 0-262-05056-0
1998 Susan Carey Harvard University The Origins of Concepts: Evolution vs Culture n/a n/a
1999 John Perry Stanford University Knowledge, Possibility, and Consciousness n/a ISBN 0-262-16199-0
2000 John Searle University of California, Berkeley Rationality in Action n/a ISBN 0-262-19463-5
2001 Daniel Dennett Tufts University Sweet Dreams. Philosophical Obstacles to a Science of Consciousness n/a ISBN 0-262-04225-8
2002 Ruth Millikan University of Connecticut Varieties of Meaning n/a ISBN 0-262-13444-6
2003 Ray Jackendoff Tufts University Mental Structures. Language, Society, Consciousness [1] ISBN 0-262-10119-X
2004 Zenon Pylyshyn Rutgers University Things and Places. How the mind connects with the world [2] ISBN 0-262-16245-8
2005 Gilbert Harman Princeton University The Problem of Induction and Statistical Learning Theory n/a ISBN 0-262-08360-4
2006 Michael Tomasello Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig Origins of Human Communication [3] ISBN 0-262-20177-1
2007 Stephen Stich Rutgers University Moral Theory Meets Cognitive Science: How the Cognitive Science Can Transform Traditional Debates [4] n/a
2008 Kim Sterelny Victoria University of Wellington The Fate of the Third Chimpanzee n/a n/a
2009 Elizabeth Spelke Harvard University Sources of Human Knowledge n/a n/a
2010 Tyler Burge University of California, Los Angeles Thresholds of Reason n/a n/a
2011 Gergely Csibra
György Gergely
Central European University Natural Pedagogy [5]
2013 Ned Block[1] New York University Conscious, Preconscious, Unconscious [6]
2014 Uta Frith and
Chris Frith
University College London What is innate and what is acquired in social cognition? and
Mechanisms of social interaction
2015 David Chalmers New York University Spatial Illusions: From Mirrors to Virtual Reality [8]
2016 Patrick Haggard University College London Volition, Agency, Responsibility: Cognitive Mechanisms of Human Action [9]
2017 John Campbell UC Berkeley How language enters perception [10]
2019 Martine Nida-Rümelin University of Fribourg Philosophical fundamentals for scientific studies of consciousness [11]
2020 Leda Cosmides
John Tooby
University of California Santa Barbara The Adaptationist Revolution and the Transformation of the Cognitive Sciences [12]
2021 Frances Egan Rutgers University Deflating Mental Representation [5]
2022 Peter Godfrey-Smith The University of Sydney The Evolution of Experience [13]
2023 Nancy Kanwisher Massachusetts Institute of Technology Functional Organization of the Human Brain [14]

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  1. ^ "Prix et Conférences Jean Nicod 2013-2014 - INSTITUT JEAN NICOD". Archived from the original on 2013-11-07.

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