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Visiting and Research Positions

Visiting Fellow, Studies in Explanatory Power Project, University of Essen, Summer 2014

Chancellor's Fellow, University of Edinburgh (tenure-stream appointment with initial five-year research fellowship; since July 2012)

Early Career Fellowship, Centre for Research in Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Cambridge (autumn term 2010)

Current Research Interests

Metaphysics, epistemology and the philosophy of mind.
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".


Nick Treanor is a Reader in Philosophy. Before coming to Edinburgh as a Chancellor's Fellow in 2012, 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.


Ph.D., Department of Philosophy, Brown University, May 2009

BA Honours, Queen's University, Canada, 1998. First class degree in philosophy.


Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), The World in Mind, Brown University

Award Date: 1 Jan 2009

College Research Themes

  • Data and Digital
  • Future Cities


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