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Tadeusz W Zawidzki Faculty Member

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Tadeusz Wieslaw Zawidzki is Associate Professor and Chair of Philosophy at George Washington University. He received his BA in Philosophy from the University of Ottawa, Canada, his MA in Philosophy of Cognitive Science from the University of Sussex, UK, and his PhD from the Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology program at Washington University in St. Louis. From 2000 to 2006, Zawidzki worked as an assistant professor of philosophy at Ohio University. He moved to George Washington University in 2006, where he was tenured in 2009. Zawidzki is the author or co-author of many articles and book chapters on the philosophy of cognitive science. In 2007, he published a book on the philosophy of Daniel Dennett, one of today’s foremost philosophers of cognitive science. In 2013, he published Mindshaping, with MIT Press, a work that explores the roles that socialization, education and other forms of “mindshaping” play in facilitating human social cognition. Since then he has published numerous articles and book chapters on topics related to this research. Most recently, his focus has turned to integrating philosophical insights of the Buddhist tradition with contemporary philosophy of mind. The theme of this work is that besides our conceptual knowledge of our own minds, humans are also capable of "procedural metacognition": a form of skilled know-how at controlling one's mind that is not reducible to conceptual knowledge about one's mind. This is part of a larger project that seeks to re-conceptualize mental well-being in terms of metacognitive skill. Zawidzki currently has 3 journal articles and 1 book chapter published, in press, or under review on this topic.

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