contact: joshua.shepherd@carleton.ca

My second book, The Shape of Agency: Control, Action, Skill, Knowledge, is out with OUP. An open access (free) pdf of the book is here. In the book, I offer a perspective on agency via offering interlinked accounts of control, non-deviant causation, intentional action, skill, and knowledgeable action.

Since my book I have been engaged in a fairly empirically oriented project, trying to understand how human beings guide their train of thought, and how the guidance of thought contributes to the guidance of bodily movement. I've been writing on mind wandering, the relationship between intentions and motor representations, flow states, and more. Papers in progress target the sense of agency, the nature of mental effort, the role of cognitive feelings in reasoning, and more. This series of papers is, in a way, an attempt to integrate aspects of philosophy with the sciences of cognitive control, self-control, motor control, mindwandering, sport psychology, and probably more. This will likely become a book.

A bit about me:

I am an Associate Professor in the Philosophy Department at Carleton University.

I am a Global Scholar in the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research's Azrieli program on Mind, Brain, and Consciousness: https://www.cifar.ca/research/program/brain-mind-consciousness.

I am a Senior Fellow at the LOGOS research group at the University of Barcelona, and the Principal Investigator on the project Rethinking Conscious Agency, funded by a 1.06 million Euro grant from the European Research Council. See the project website for more info:

https://rethinking-agency.org/

In the past I have been a Wellcome Trust Research Fellow at the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, and a Junior Research Fellow at Jesus College, Oxford.

My first book, Consciousness and Moral Status, was published in 2018 by Routledge. In it I offer an account of the value of phenomenal consciousness. Open access (free) pdf of it here.