Research teams

Canada Research Chair in the Philosophy of the Life Sciences

Chairholder: Christophe Malaterre

The Chair is a place for philosophical enquiries about contemporary science. Its research program comprises three major projects that all aim at fostering collaborations between the sciences and philosophy. These projects concern:

  1. the question of the origins of life and the formalization of the concept of chemical evolution,
  2. the critical analysis of the concept of biodiversity,
  3. the analysis of the different explanatory patterns one finds in science and, in particular, in biology.

These investigations are conducted at the LAPS (Laboratory of Philosophy of Science), hosted at UQAM Departement of Philosophy, and in collaboration with the CIRST (Centre interuniversitaire de recherche sur la science et la technologie). The LAPS include projects all across philosophy of science:

UNESCO Chair in Studies of the Philosophic Foundations of Justice in Democratic Society

Chairholder: Josiane Boulad-Ayoub

This eighth Chair in UNESCO’s network of Philosophy Chairs was created in January 1999 at the Université du Québec à Montréal. It is connected to the Faculty of Human Sciences and the Department of Philosophy. The first chairholder is Professor Josiane Boulad-Ayoub, a member of the Royal Society of Canada, who is recognized for her work on 18th century philosophy and on the ideals of the Enlightenment, from which originated the invention of modern politics and human and citizenship rights.

Laboratoire d’Analyse Cognitive de l’Information

Chairholder: Jean-Guy Meunier, Luc Faucher, Pierre Poirier, Serge Robert

The LANCI is a cognitive science research laboratory, where information and knowledge processing are analyzed according to psychological, philosophical and computational points of view. The LANCI is currently made up of four research teams: CLIC, LATAO, DISCO and FIASCCO:

Compétence Logique, Inférence et Cognition
Director: Serge Robert


The CLIC (competency, logic, inference and cognition) group is affiliated with UQAM’s Department of Philosophy and is directed by Professor Serge Robert. The group’s overall objective is to study logic skills and how they are acquired.


Diversité des Systèmes COgnitifs
Director: Pierre Poirier

The research of the DISCO (diversity of cognitive systems) team has three specific aims: (1) Describe the "cognitive essence" that is assumed by the traditional understanding of knowledge; (2) analyze the cognitive diversity emerging from research on brain systems, Darwinian modules, individual cognition, social cognition (in informal and institutionalized groups), institutionalized science, etc.; and, (3) outline the beginnings of a stratified theory of knowledge that can understand the relationships between cognitive systems belonging to different levels of the hierarchy.

Fondement de l’Intelligence Adaptive, Sociale, Culturelle et Cognitive
Director: Luc Faucher

The aim of the FIASCCO (foundations of adaptive, social, cultural and cognitive intelligence) project is to produce a model of the architecture of the mind that is compatible with what we know about development, evolution and also the contribution of the cultural and social environments in shaping the adult mind. FIASCO focuses on issues ranging from developing a model of development that is compatible with neuroscientific and developmental psychology data, to redefining the concept of mental disorder implied by the newly proposed model of the mind, and to examining the role of emotions in cognition or understanding the nature of the relationships between individuals and social psychology.

Lecture et Analyse de Textes Assistées par Ordinateur
Director: Jean-Guy Meunier

The LATAO (computer-assisted text reading and analysis) does research on the cognitive processing of information. The fundamental research deals with the multiple conceptions of information. It more specifically looks at cognitive classification and categorization models from symbolic and connexionist approaches. The applied research explores forms of information-handling computer technology. Text is the focus area. The research is interdisciplinary, drawing on philosophy, computer science, linguistics and psychology.

Peirce edition project

Director: François Latraverse

Editing the articles written by Charles Sanders Peirce for the Century Dictionary & Cyclopedia. Research conducted by the Peirce-Wittgenstein research group, in partnership with the Peirce Edition Project (IUPUI), and with the support of Canada's Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.