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.

I guess my work spans philosophy of action, cognitive science/neuroscience, mind, and practical ethics. I'm currently working on a series of papers regarding the guidance of thought and behavior in human agents, trying 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.