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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. 2013. A pattern theory of self. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 7 (443): 1-7.

Gallagher, S., Hutto, D., Slaby, J. and Cole, J. 2013. The brain as part of an enactive system (commentary). Behavioral and Brain Sciences 36 (4): 421-422.

Di Paolo, E. A., De Jaegher, H. and Gallagher, S. 2013. One step forward, two steps back. Not the tango. Trends in Cognitive Sciences 17 (7): 303-304.

Bower, M. and Gallagher, S. 2013. Bodily affectivity: Prenoetic elements in enactive perception. Phenomenology and Mind 2: 108-131.

Gallagher, S. 2013. The socially extended mind. Cognitive Systems Research.

Gallagher, S. 2013. An education in narratives. Educational Philosophy and Theory. DOI: 10.1080/00131857.2013.779213.

Gallagher, S. 2012. Phenomenology. London: Palgrave-Macmillan.

S. Gallagher and D. Zahavi. 2012 (2nd ed). The Phenomenological Mind. London: Routledge.

Gallagher, S. 2012. In defense of phenomenological approaches to social cognition: Interacting with the critics. Review of Philosophy and Psychology 3(2): 187–212

Gallagher, S. 2012. Empathy, simulation and narrative. Science in Context. 25(3), 301–327

Gallagher, S. 2012. Time, emotion and depression. Emotion Review 4 (2): 127–32.

Gallagher, S. 2012. Multiple aspects of agency. New Ideas in Psychology 30: 15–31 S.

Gallagher (ed.) 2011. Oxford Handbook of the Self. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Gallagher, S. 2011. The self in the Cartesian brain. Perspectives on the Self: Conversations on Identity and Consciousness. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences 1234: 100–103.

De Jaegher, H., Di Paolo, E. and Gallagher, S. 2010. Does social interaction constitute social cognition? Trends in Cognitive Sciences 14 (10): 441–447.

Shaun Gallagher
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Lillian and Morrie Moss Professor of Philosophy
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