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Nicholas Shea

Professor Nicholas Shea

Nick Shea

Professor of Philosophy

Tel +44 (0)20 7848 2893
Address: Room 707, Philosophy Building
King's College London
London WC2R 2LS 

 In 2015/6 Professor Shea will be undertaking an AHRC Fellowship Project



Professor Nicholas Shea is an interdisciplinary philosopher of mind, and of psychology, cognitive science and cognitive neuroscience. He studied mathematics at Oxford and worked as an intellectual property barrister before converting to philosophy with an MA at Birkbeck and PhD at King’s College London. He then worked as a research fellow in Oxford, based in the Faculty of Philosophy and Somerville College and affiliated to the Department of Experimental Psychology.

Research interests and PhD supervision
  • Philosophy of psychology, neuroscience and cognitive science
  • Philosophy of mind
  • Theories of content

Professor Shea works on issues in the philosophy of mind and the philosophy of psychology, neuroscience and cognitive science.  As well as philosophical work on mental representation, consciousness and the metaphysics of mind, he has published in scientific journals in collaboration with psychologists, cognitive neuroscientists and biologists.  

His current focus is on theories of representational content, concentrating on the nature of content in relatively low-level representing systems.

Professor Shea welcomes enquires from prospective students seeking supervision in areas connected with his research interests.

For more details, please see his full research profile.

Selected publications
  • Shea, N. (2004), On Millikan (London / Belmont, CA: Wadsworth)
  • Shea, N. (2013) ‘Naturalising Representational Content’, Philosophy Compass, 8(5) pp. 496–509. doi: 10.1111/phc3.12033
  • Shea, N. (2012) ‘Reward prediction error signals are meta-representational’, Noûs. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-0068.2012.00863.x
  • Shea, N. (2012) ‘New thinking, innateness and inherited representation’, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, 367, pp. 2234-2244. doi:10.1098/rstb.2012.0125
  • Shea, N., A. Boldt, D. Bang, N. Yeung, C. Heyes and C.D. Frith (2014) ‘Supra-personal cognitive control and metacognition’, Trends in Cognitive Sciences 18(4), pp. 186–193. doi: 10.1016/j.tics.2014.01.006
For a complete list of publications, please see Nicholas's full research profile.

Professor Shea has previously taught modules at undergraduate and postgraduate level in the following areas

  • Philosophy of mind
  • Philosophy of psychology and cognitive neuroscience
  • Philosophy of cognitive science
Expertise and public engagement



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