Our department – the Division of Cognitive Neuroscience and Philosophy, a part of the School of Bioscience at the University of Skövde in Sweden – historically originated from a focus on philosophy of mind, with a particular emphasis on what empirical science might be able to contribute to the subject. From an early stage, discussions with researchers working within the then still fledgling field of cognitive neuroscience led to an awareness of the many benefits that cross-fertilization between the two subjects could bring.
As a result, we were the first (and still only) university in Sweden to establish cognitive neuroscience as a main undergraduate degree subject in its own right. Since then, and particularly during the late 00s, the primary emphasis at the department has shifted, away from philosophy and toward cognitive neuroscience. The study of philosophy nevertheless retains a central role within the teaching and research done here, not least in informing a robust and critically-minded application of the scientific method.
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