Joshua Shepherd

Joshua Shepherd

Principal Investigator
Assistant Professor, Carleton University
Research Professor, University of Barcelona


Joshua Shepherd does work in the philosophy of mind and action, and in practical ethics. After receiving his PhD from Florida State, he went to the University of Oxford, where he worked as a research fellow with the Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics. He is currently an Assistant Professor at Carleton University and a Research Professor at the University of Barcelona, where he directs the project ‘Rethinking Conscious Agency,’ which is funded by the European Research Council.

Selected Publications

J. Adam Carter and Joshua Shepherd: Intentional action and knowledge-centred theories of control (2023). Philosophical Studies.

Joshua Shepherd: Conscious cognitive effort in cognitive control (2022). WIREs Cognitive Science.

Joshua Shepherd: Non-human moral status: Problems with phenomenal consciousness (2022). AJOB Neuroscience.

Takuya NiikawaYoshiyuki HayashiJoshua Shepherd & Tsutomu Sawai: Human Brain Organoids and Consciousness (2022). Neuroethics.

Joshua Shepherd: Flow and the dynamics of conscious thought. (2022). Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences.

Joshua Shepherd: The moral status of conscious subjects. (2021) Rethinking Moral Status, Stephen Clarke, Hazem Zohny and Julian Savulescu (eds.). Oxford University Press.

Joshua Shepherd: Practical structure and moral skill (2022). Philosophical Quarterly.

Joshua Shepherd: Skill and sensitivity to reasons (2021). Review of Philosophy and Psychology.

Joshua Shepherd and Gunnar Björnsson: Determinism and attributions of consciousness (2020). Philosophical Psychology.

Joshua Shepherd: Why does the mind wander? (2019) Neuroscience of Consciousness.

Joshua Shepherd: The Shape of Agency: Control, Action, Skill, Knowledge (2021). Oxford University Press.

Joshua Shepherd: The targets of skill and their importance. In Routledge Handbook of Skill and Expertise, eds. Carlota Pavese and Ellen Fridland.

Joshua Shepherd and Myrto Mylopoulos: Unconscious perception and central coordinating agency (2021). Philosophical Studies.

Review by Joshua Shepherd, of Charlie Kurth, The Anxious Mind (2019). Mind.

Joshua Shepherd: Intelligent action guidance and the use of mixed representational formats (2021). Synthese.

The moral insignificance of self-consciousness, (2017). European Journal of Philosophy 25(2): 395-415.

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

Conscious control over action, (2015). Mind & Language 30(3): 320-344.

X-phi and Carnapian explication, with James Justus (2015). Erkenntnis 80(2): 381-402.

Deciding as intentional action: Control over decisions, (2015). Australasian Journal of Philosophy 93(2): 335-351.

Scientific challenges to free will and moral responsibility, (2015). Philosophy Compass 10(3): 197-207.

The contours of control (2014). Philosophical Studies 170(3): 395-411.

Causalism and intentional omission (2014). American Philosophical Quarterly 51: 15-26.