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Dr Nick Treanor

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Position
Chancellor's Fellow
Phone
0131 651 3085
Location
6.07 (DSB)
Research Interests
Metaphysics, epistemology and the philosophy of mind.
Biography

Nick Treanor is a Chancellor's Fellow in Philosophy (tenure-track). Before coming to Edinburgh he was the Newton Trust Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Churchill College. He works in epistemology, the philosophy of mind and metaphysics. He received his PhD in 2009 from Brown University.

Research

My research centres on a project that independently raises, and then connects, three issues in the philosophy of mind, epistemology and metaphysics. On the mind side is the question of how to understand the part/whole structure of belief and in particular the question of whether beliefs are properly understood as individuals. On the epistemological side is the question of what it is to know more, or of what it is to improve one's epistemic contact with the world. And on the metaphysics side is the question of what the world is like such that more of it can be known. The questions overlap since as Stalnaker has said "one can never fully disentangle questions about the nature of representation from questions about the nature of what is represented".

Publications

  • "Trivial Truths and the Aim of Inquiry", forthcoming in Philosophy and Phenomenological Research  (link)
  • "The Measure of Knowledge", forthcoming in Noûs  (link)
  • "The Cogito and the Metaphysics of Mind", Philosophical Studies, 130:2 August 2006, pp. 247-271. (link)

Administrative Roles

  • Visiting Speaker Seminar Organiser
  • Events Co-ordinator
  • Reading Party Co-ordinator
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