Evan Westra

I'm a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Philosophy at York University, where I also teach in the Cognitive Science program. I specialize in the philosophy of cognitive science, mind, and moral psychology. I am most interested in questions about the study of social cognition, and how we think about the social world around us. One of my current projects is about we come to know about other people's character traits and the role that representations of character play in moral cognition. Another is about the cognitive architecture and development of "theory of mind" or "mindreading", which is our capacity to predict and interpret behavior using concepts like belief, desire, and knowledge. Recently, I have been working on the psychological underpinnings of social norms.