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Professor Nicholas Shackel

Professor Nicholas Shackel

Professor

School of English, Communication and Philosophy

Email
shackeln@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone
+44 (0)29 2087 5664
Campuses
1.42, John Percival Building, Colum Drive, Cardiff, CF10 3EU
Users
Available for postgraduate supervision

Overview

Central questions in philosophy are concerned with rationality and with paradoxes. I like to work in both these areas.

I have worked extensively on the nature of the obligation to be rational in action and belief. Moral, cultural, political and religious commitments give rise to a highly diverse variety of apparent obligations about what to do and believe. My work in this area is directed at analysing how rationality's authority relates to these obligations.

My work on paradoxes has taken me into working on their manifestations in formal theories of rationality, in epistemolgy and in metaphysics.

Biography

I did my doctorate at the University of Nottingham, giving a Humean answer to the question of why we ought to be rational. I have lectured at the Universities of Nottingham, Warwick and Aberdeen and immediately prior to taking up my lectureship at Cardiff was a research fellow in the faculty of philosophy at Oxford.

Publications

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Research interests

Rationality and the relation of rationality and normativity. My work here includes practical reason and also the relation of rational belief and the ethics of belief.

The application of formal methods to philosophical questions. My work here includes papers on metaphysics, epistemology and paradox.

Supervision

I am interested in supervising research in the following areas:


Rationality and the normativity of rationality.
Formal theories of rationality and epistemology.
Formal methods and problems in metaphysics.
Paradoxes.

Past projects

Previous Students supervised:

Dr Ryo Chonabyashi, now tenured lecturer at Soka University, Tokyo. Thesis
title: "A Defence of Non-Reductive Ethical Naturalism2. Awarded 2012.

Dr Carl Murphy. Thesis title "A meta-ontological criticism of Eli Hirsh's
semanticist attack on physical object ontolovy". Awarded 2018.