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Professor of Logic and Philosophy of the Cognitive Sciences

Department of Philosophy, Faculty of Humanities

 

Dean of education of the Faculty of Humanities

 

Member of the Steering Committee of PPE (Philosophy, Politics, and Economics)

 

Research

I started my career with a Ph.D. on Quine's ontology, and many themes of Quine's philosophy still play a role in my current work. I believe that philosophy is continuous with science, and most of my work is characterized by a combination of philosophical conceptual analysis, formal methods, and use of empirical data.

I have published in major philosophical journals such as Mind, Noûs, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, and Philosophical Studies, as well as in interdisciplinary journals.

 

Research topics include:

 

- vagueness

- conceptual spaces

- ontological categories

- concepts and categories

- colour perception

- numerical cognition

- Quine scholarship

 

Teaching

In previous years I have taught courses in logic, philosophy of science, and philosophy of mind in the bachelor and master programmes in the philosophy department, and introductory courses in philosophy of Artificial Intelligence and philosophy of mathematics in the Faculty of Exact Sciences. At present I teach:

- Ba1 Philosophy: Introduction to Logic

- Ba1 PPE: Methods of PPE 1 (part logic)

- Ba2 Philosophy: Philosophy of Science 2

- Ba2 Philosophy: Philosophy of Mind 2

- Ma Philosophy: Philosophy 5 (Text reading)

 

Education

I studied theoretical physics and philosophy at the University of Leuven (Belgium). From 1992-1996 I worked as an astronomer at the Institute of Astronomy at the University of Leuven. I became a Ph.D. student in philosophy in 1997, and on December 3 1999, with promotor prof. dr. J. van Brakel,  I defended my Ph.D. thesis in philosophy, Trading Ontology for Ideology. The Interplay of Logic, Set Theory, and Semantics in Quine's Philosophy.

 

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Cognition Medicine & Life Sciences
Metaphysics Medicine & Life Sciences
Color Medicine & Life Sciences
Psychology Medicine & Life Sciences
Empirical Research Medicine & Life Sciences
Aptitude Medicine & Life Sciences
Physics Medicine & Life Sciences
Cognitive Science Medicine & Life Sciences

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Selected Research Output 1995 2019

What Verities May Be

Douven, I. & Decock, L. B., 2017, In : Mind. 126, 502, p. 386-428 42 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Higher Order Vagueness
Conceptualization
Indicative Conditionals
Closeness
Sorites Paradox

Quine's "Strictly Vegetarian" Analyticity

Decock, L. B., 2017, In : The Monist. 100, 2, p. 288-310 23 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Vegetarians
Analyticity
Usefulness
Language Change
Language

What is graded membership?

Decock, L. B. & Douven, I. E. J., 2014, In : Noûs. 48, 4, p. 653-682 30 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Typicality
Cognitive Science
Conceptual Space
Vagueness

Qualia Compression

Decock, L. B. & Douven, I. E. J., 2013, In : Philosophy and Phenomenological Research. 87, p. 129-150 22 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Qualia
Compression
Inversion
Scenarios
Person

Vagueness: A conceptual spaces approach

Douven, I. E. J., Decock, L. B., Dietz, R. & Egré, P., 2013, In : Journal of Philosophical Logic. 42, p. 137-160 24 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Vagueness
Conceptual Space

Identity and similarity

Douven, I. & Decock, L. B., 2010, In : Philosophical Studies. 151, 1, p. 59-78 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to JournalArticleAcademicpeer-review

Open Access
File
Paradox
Metaphysical
Misconceptions
Philosophical Concepts

Activities 2004 2017

Logic and the cognitive sciences

Lieven Decock (Speaker)
10 Jan 2017

Activity: Lecture / PresentationProfessional

Logicism and natural cognition

Lieven Decock (Speaker)
20 Feb 2017

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

Cognitive Metaphysics

Lieven Decock (Speaker)
2 Dec 2016

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

Quine's "strictly vegetarian" analyticity

Lieven Decock (Speaker)
19 Nov 2015

Activity: Lecture / PresentationAcademic

PhD examination Verhaegh

Lieven Decock (Examiner)
19 Nov 2015

Activity: PhD thesis ExaminationPhD thesis examination