Paul Tibbetts

Full-Time Faculty
College of Arts and Sciences: Philosophy


Dr. Tibbetts is currently doing research in cognitive science, particularly cognitive neuroscience. He received a B.A. in philosophy at Clark University (1964); an M.A. in philosophy from Boston University (1965); a Ph.D. in philosophy from Purdue University (1973); and a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Illinois (1986). He has been at UD since 1969 and regularly teaches courses in: philosophy of human nature; cognitive science; and science, objectivity and values.


  • Ph.D. Purdue University

Research Interests

  • Cognitive science
  • Epistemology

Selected Publications

P. Tibbetts, Critical Review of E. Kandel, et al. (eds.), "Principles of Neural Science" (McGraw-Hill, 5/e, 2013, 1617pp.) To appear Summer, 2013, in Quarterly Review of Biology as the lead review.

P. Tibbetts, "The Social Brain: Social Scientists' Construct or Neurological Reality?" Quarterly Review of Biology, 87(2), (June, 2012).

P. Tibbetts, Review of W. Uttal, "Mind and Brain: A Critical Appraisal of Cognitive Science" (MIT Press, 2011). Quarterly Review of Biology (87(4), (Dec., 2012).

P. Tibbetts, "The Concept of Voluntary Motor Control in the Recent Neuroscientific Literature." Synthese, 141: 247-276 (2004).

P. Tibbetts,  "The Anterior Cingulate Cortex, Akinetic Mutism, and Human Volition." Brain and Mind,  2: 323-341 (2002).