Research Group
in Analytic Philosophy

Joshua Shepherd

University of Barcelona, Carleton University


My second book, The Shape of Agency: Control, Action, Skill, Knowledge, is done. Oxford University Press will publish it in January of 2021. In the book, I offer a perspective on agency via offering interlinked accounts of control, non-deviant causation, intentional action, skill, and knowledgeable action.

A bit about me:

I am an Associate Professor in the Philosophy Department at Carleton University.

I am also a Global Scholar in the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research's Azrieli program on Mind, Brain, and Consciousness:

I am also a Senior Fellow at the LOGOS research group at the University of Barcelona, and the Principal Investigator on the project Rethinking Conscious Agency, funded by a 1.06 million Euro grant from the European Research Council. See the project website for more info:

In the past I have been a Wellcome Trust Research Fellow at the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, and a Junior Research Fellow at Jesus College, Oxford.

My first book, Consciousness and Moral Status, was published in 2018 by Routledge. In it I offer an account of the value of phenomenal consciousness. Free pdfs of it here: