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Nicholas Shea

Professor Nicholas Shea

Nick Shea

Professor of Philosophy


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.

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.
Expertise and public engagement



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