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Shaun Gallagher

Shaun Gallagher is the Lillian and Morrie Moss Professor of Excellence. His areas of research include phenomenology and the cognitive sciences, especially topics related to embodiment, self, agency and intersubjectivity, hermeneutics, and the philosophy of time. Dr. Gallagher has secondary research appointments at the University of Hertfordshire (UK) and the University of Wollongong (AU) and is Honorary Professor of Philosophy at both the University of Copenhagen (DK) and Durham University (UK), and Honorary Professor of Health Sciences at the University of Tromsø. He has held visiting positions at the Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, Cambridge, the Center for Subjectivity Research, University of Copenhagen, the Centre de Recherche en Epistémelogie Appliquée (CREA), Paris, the Ecole Normale Supériure, Lyon, and at the Humboldt University in Berlin.

Professor Gallagher holds the Anneliese Maier Research Award [Anneliese Maier-Forschungspreis] (2012-17), a new 5-year Humboldt Fellowship. He is currently Principle Investigator on a European Commission Marie Curie Actions Grant: TESIS: Towards an Embodied Science of Intersubjectivity (2011-15) and has just completed an empirical and phenomenological study of astronauts’ experiences during space flight funded by the Templeton Foundation [link]. He is co-PI on an NSF grant: Metaphor-Based Learning of Physics Concepts Through Whole-Body Interaction in a Mixed Reality (2011-14), and was recently co-PI on an Australian Research Council (ARC) grant: Embodied Virtues and Expertise (2010-13) and a British Arts and Humanities Research Council [AHRC] grant The Nature of Phenomenal Qualities (2010-12). Gallagher is also the co-editor-in-chief of the journal Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences.

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Recent Publications

Gallagher, S. 2014. The cruel and unusual phenomenology of solitary confinement. Frontiers in Psychology.

Gallagher, S. and González, J.  (2014). Time, altered states of consciousness, and science. Cosmology 18: 246-262.Invited paper for Special issue ed. by Menas Kafatos and Deepak Chopra.

Gallagher, S. (2014). In your face: Transcendence in embodied interaction. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 8:495.

Gallagher, S. and Zahavi, D. 2014. Primal impression and enactive perception. In Dan Lloyd and Valtteri Arstila (eds.) Subjective Time:  the philosophy, psychology, and neuroscience of temporality (83-99). Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Gallagher, S., Reinerman, L. Sollins, B. and Janz, B. 2014. Using a simulated environment to investigate experiences reported during space travel. Theoretical Issues in Ergonomic Sciences 15 (4): 376-394.

Gallagher, S. 2014. Phenomenology and embodied cognition. In L. Shapiro (ed.), Routledge Handbook of Embodied Cognition (9-18). London: Routledge.

Gallagher, S. and Varga, S. 2014. Social constraints on the direct perception of emotions and intentionsTopoi 33 (1): 185-199.

Röhricht, F., Gallagher, S., Geuter, U. & Hutto, D. (2014). Embodied cognition and body psychotherapy: the construction of new therapeutic environmentsSensoria: A Journal of Mind, Brain & Culture 56: 11-20

Gallagher, S. (2013). Phronesis and psychopathy: The moral frame problem. Philosophy, Psychology and Psychiatry 20(4), 345-348

Gallagher, S. 2013. A pattern theory of selfFrontiers in Human Neuroscience 7 (443): 1-7.

Gallagher, S. 2013. The socially extended mind. Cognitive Systems Research. 25-26: 4-12.

Gallagher, S. 2013. You and I, robot. AI and Society 28 (4): 455-460

Gallagher, S. 2013. Intersubjectivity and psychopathology.  In Bill Fulford, Martin Davies, George Graham, John Sadler and Giovanni Stanghellini  (eds.), Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Psychiatry (258-274). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Gallagher, S. 2013. What can phenomenology tell us about social cognition? In K. Mertens and  I. Guenzler (eds.), Wahrnehmen, Fühlen, Handeln. Phänomenologie  im Wettstreit der Methoden. (Perceiving, Feeling, Acting. Phenomenology and the Competition of Methods) (497-514). Munich: Mentis Verlag.

Gallagher, S. 2013. Ambiguity in the sense of agency.  In A. Clark, J. Kiverstein and T. Vierkant (eds.), Decomposing the Will (118-135) Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Shaun Gallagher
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