Nicholas Shea Collaborates with the Institute of Philosophy on AHRC Fellowship Grant Project

Friday 16 January 2015

Nicholas Shea, Professor of Philosophy at King's College London, has been awarded a two year AHRC Fellowship grant for a project on 'Meaning for the Brain and Meaning for the Person'. He will be hosted at the Institute of Philosophy for part of the project and will collaborate with Professor Chris Frith and others at the IP. The project's starting point is the subpersonal representations that are widely studied on in psychology and cognitive neuroscience. It aims to develop an account of the meaning or content of such representations. This provides a basis for drawing a contrast with more familiar personal level representations, for example those involved in what psychologists characterise as 'system 2' processing. In which ways are the computations different at the personal level and how might that make a difference to the contents involved?

The project falls under the AHRC's Science in Culture theme, which also funds the Rethinking the Senses project at the IP.