Joshua Shepherd

Joshua Shepherd-BW


  • CIFAR Azrieli Global Scholar 2019-2021
  • Brain, Mind & Consciousness


  • University of Barcelona
  • Carleton University
Department of Philosophy


  • Canada


PhD (Philosophy), Florida State University
MA (Philosophy), Colorado State University


Joshua Shepherd’s research concerns the psychological capacities that give rise to intelligent thought and skilled action.

It also concerns the kinds of conscious experiences that are associated with intelligent thought and action, and the ways these experiences enable conscious control. 

In this research, Shepherd seeks to integrate insights from philosophy, psychology, and neuroscience in order to develop accounts of the nature and mechanistic underpinnings of experiences of acting, in order to develop models of aspects of action control, and in order to apply these accounts to pressing societal issues concerning free will, moral responsibility, and the value of consciousness.


Starting Grant, European Research Council, 2018
Society and Ethics Fellowship, Wellcome Trust, 2014

Relevant Publications

Shepherd, J. (2019). Intelligent action guidance and the use of mixed representational formats. Synthese DOI: 10.1007/s11229-018-1892-7

Shepherd, J. (2019). Skilled action and the double life of intention. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research. DOI: 10.1111/phpr12433.

Shepherd, J. (2018). Consciousness and Moral Status. Routledge.

Shepherd, J. (2017). The experience of acting and the structure of phenomenal consciousness. The Journal of Philosophy 64(8): 422-448.

Shepherd, J. (2016). Conscious action/Zombie action. Noûs 50(2): 219-244.