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Gallagher, Shaun 1948-

Gallagher, Shaun 1948-


Born 1948. Education: St. Columban's College, B.A.; Villanova University, M.A. (philosophy); State University of New York, M.A. (economics); Bryn Mawr College, Ph.D.


Office—Department of Philosophy, University of Central Florida, Colbourn Hall 411, Orlando, FL 32816-1352. E-mail—[email protected]


Writer, educator. Gwynedd-Mercy College Gwynedd, PA, assistant professor, 1980-81; Canisius College Buffalo, NY, assistant professor, 1981-86, associate professor, 1986-93, professor, 1993-2003, Cognitive Science Program, director, 1996-2003; University of Central Florida, Orlando, professor and chair of philosophy department, 2003—. Visiting professor, University of Copenhagen, University of Aarhus, Denmark, Cambridge University. Centre for Subjectivity Research, Copenhagen Denmark, and DISCOS Research Network, Heidelberg, Germany, advisory board member. Serves on numerous review panels, dissertation panels, and manuscript review publications.


American Philosophical Association, Association for Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences (board of advisors), Merleau-Ponty Circle (board of advisors), Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy, International Forum on Persons (member, program committee), Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness.


Instructional Computing Award, Center for Teaching Excellence, Canisius College, 1999. Awarded numerous study grants, including the National Endowment for the Humanities, 1994, 1998.



(Editor, with Thomas W. Busch, Merleau-Ponty, Hermeneutics, and Postmodernism, State University of New York Press, (Albany, NY), 1992.

Hermeneutics and Education, State University of New York Press, (Albany, NY), 1992.

(Editor) Hegel, History, and Interpretation, State University of New York Press, (Albany, NY), 1997.

The Inordinance of Time, Northwestern University Press (Evanston, IL), 1998.

(Editor, with Jonathan Shear) Models of the Self, Imprint Academic (Thorverton, England), 1999.

How the Body Shapes the Mind, Clarendon Press (New York, NY), 2005.

(Editor, with others) Does Consciousness Cause Behavior?, MIT Press (Cambridge, MA), 2006.

Brainstorming: Views and Interviews on the Mind, Imprint Academic (Charlottesville, VA), 2006.

Contributor of articles to professional journals, including Philosophical Psychology, Canadian Journal of Philosophy, Journal of Consciousness Studies, Journal of Mind and Behavior, and Psychopathology, among others. Editor, Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences; editorial board member,Science and Consciousness Review.


Shaun Gallagher is a professor of philosophy, whose interests include phenomenology and the philosophy of mind, neuropsychology, hermeneutics, and the philosophy of time. Gallagher has explored these interests in numerous professional papers as well as in book-length works. As he noted on the University of Central Florida Web site: "I view philosophy, not as a narrow discipline, but as an interdisciplinary enterprise. My research in cognitive science has led me to study in the fields of psychology and neuroscience, entering into projects with people in developmental psychology, neuropsychology, and neurophysiology."

In Hegel, History, and Interpretation, which Gallagher edited, he demonstrates this interdisciplinary approach, gathering essays which investigate various aspects of Hegel's philosophy of history. According to Michael Bray, writing in the Review of Metaphysics, the book provides "an excellent and helpful summary of the contested area in Hegel studies and hermeneutics." Gallagher turned to the science of the mind in his 2005 title, How the Body Shapes the Mind, "very much an interdisciplinary work," according to Timothy Schroeder, writing for Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews Online. Schroeder went on to note the fields of study Gallagher unites in this work: "clinical neurology, laboratory neuroscience, cognitive psychology, developmental psychology, ‘analytic’ philosophy of mind, … and ‘continental’ philosophy of mind." For Schroeder, Gallagher's study was "cognitive science, done the way it ought to be." In this work Gallagher examines in detail how the body helps to shape the mind's development as well as the ongoing contents of the mind. Schroeder further praised How the Body Shapes the Mind for creating "new insights into topics that have mainly been of interest to scientists."



Review of Metaphysics, March, 1999, Michael Bray, review of Hegel, History, and Interpretation, p. 679.


Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews Online, (March 15, 2006), Timothy Schroeder, review of How the Body Shapes the Mind.

University of Central Florida Web site, (July 7, 2006), "Shaun Gallagher."

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