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Distinguished Professor of History & Philosophy of Science, University of Pittsburgh

Allen's main areas of research concern the philosophical foundations of cognitive science and neuroscience. He is particularly interested in the scientific study of cognition in nonhuman animals and computers, and he has published widely on topics in the philosophy of mind, philosophy of biology, and artificial intelligence. He also has several projects in the area of humanities computing. He is a faculty affiliate of Pitt's Digital Studies & Methods program and of the CMU/PItt Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition.

Selected Courses Taught

Philosophical Foundations of Cognitive Science
History & Philosophy of Comparative Cognition
Introduction to Cognitive Science
Functions and Mechanisms in the Life Sciences
Professional Membership/Offices

American Philosophical Association
Philosophy of Science Association
International Society for History, Philosophy, and Social Study of Biology
Society for Philosophy & Psychology (former president)
Cognitive Science Society
Education & Training

Ph.D. University of California at Los Angeles 1989
B.A. University of London (University College) 1982

Experience

  • –present
    Distinguished Professor of History & Philosophy of Science, University of Pittsburgh

Education

  • 1989 
    University of California at Los Angeles, PhD / Philosophy