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Jean Nicod Prize


The Jean-Nicod lectures are delivered annually in Paris by a leading philosopher of mind and philosophically oriented cognitive scientist. The lectures are made possible by a generous grand from the Fondation Meyer pour le développement culturel et artistique, and are supported by the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) as part of its effort to further development of the interdisciplinary field of cognitive science in France. 

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).

Since 1996 the annual lecturer has been awarded the Jean-Nicod Prize during a ceremony which follows delivery of the first lecture.

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Correspondence or inquiries regarding the Jean Nicod lectures can be addressed to Frédérique de Vignemont





2020 - Leda Cosmides & John Tooby (University of California, Santa Barbara)

2019 - Martine Nida-Rümelin (University of Fribourg), Philosophical fundamentals for scientific studies of consciousness

2017 - John Campbell (University of California Berkeley), How language enters perception

2016 - Patrick Haggard (London University College), Volition, Agency, Responsibility : Cognitive Mechanisms of Human Action

2015 - David Chamlers (New York University), Spatial experience and virtual reality

2014 - Uta and Chris Frith (London University College), What makes us social

2013 - Ned Block (New York University), Conscience, Inconscience, Preconscience

2011 - Gergely Csibra and György Gergely (CEU Budapest), Pédagogie naturelle

2010 - Tyler Burge (University of Caligornia), Thresholds of Reason

2009 - Elisabeth Spelke (Harvard University), Sources of Human Knowledge

2008 - Kim Sterelny (Victoria University of Wellington), The Fate of the Third Chimpazee

2007 - Stephen Stich (Rutgers University), Moral Theory Meets Cognitive Science : How the Cognitive Science Can Transform Traditional Debates

2006 - Michael Tomasello (Institut Max-Planck d’Anthropologie Evolutionniste, Leipzig), Origins of Human Communication

2005 - Gilbert Harman (Princeton University), The Problem of Induction and Statistical Learning Theory

2004 - Zenon Pylyshyn (Rutgers University), Things and Places. How the mind connects with the world

2003 - Ray Jackendoff (Tufts University), Mental Structures. Language, Society, Consciousness

2002 - Ruth Millikan (University of Connecticut), Varieties of Meaning

2001 - Daniel Dennett (Tufts University), Sweet Dreams. Philosophical Obstacles to a Science of Consciousness

2000 - John Searle (University of California Berkeley), Rationality in Action

1999 - John Perry (Stanford University), Knowledge, Possibility, and Consciousness

1998 - Susan Carey (New York University), The Origins of Concepts : Evolution vs Culture

1997 - Jon Elster (University of Columbia), Strong Feelings. Emotion, Addiction, and Human Behavior

1996 - Hans Kamp (Stuttgart University), Thinking and Talking about Things

1995 - Donald Davidson (University of California Berkeley)

1994 - Fred Dretske (Stanford University), Naturalizing the Mind

1993 - Jerry Fodor (Rutgers University), The Elm and the Expert : Mentalese and Its Semantics