Shaun Nichols

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Shaun Nichols
ResidenceTucson, AZ
NationalityUnited States
EraContemporary philosophy
RegionWestern philosophy
SchoolExperimental philosophy

Shaun Nichols is a professor in the Philosophy department at the University of Arizona.[1]


Nichols received his PhD. in Philosophy from Rutgers in 1992 under the supervision of Stephen Stich [2] and his BA in Philosophy from Stanford. His early work was concerned primarily with questions in theory of mind. Subsequently, he became a leading contributor to experimental philosophy and was awarded the Stanton Prize by the Society for Philosophy and Psychology in 2005.[3] He is also currently a member of the Experimental Philosophy Lab at the University of Arizona.


Nichols's current research projects are in experimental philosophy, moral psychology, cultural evolution, free will, and the self.[2]

Experimental philosophy[edit]

In his work within experimental philosophy, Nichols has addressed questions about cross-cultural differences in semantic intuitions,[4] free will,[5][6] intentional action,[7][8][9] the nature of moral judgment,[10][11][12] and a number of other key philosophical concepts.



  • Nichols, S. 2004. Sentimental Rules: On the Natural Foundations of Moral Judgment. New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-516934-8
  • Nichols, S. and Stich, S. 2003. Mindreading: An Integrated Account of Pretense, Self-awareness and Understanding Other Minds. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-823609-2


  • Knobe, J. & Nichols, S. 2008. Experimental Philosophy. New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-532325-2
  • Nichols, S. 2006. The Architecture of the Imagination: New Essays on Pretense, Possibility, and Fiction. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0-19-927572-4
  • Nadelhoffer, T., Nahmias, E., & Nichols, S. 2012. Moral Psychology: Historical and Contemporary Readings. Malden, MA: John Wiley & Sons

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Philosophy Department at the University of Arizona Archived 2009-01-22 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ a b Academic Profile at the University of Arizona Archived 2009-02-26 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ Stanton Prize Archived 2016-03-03 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ Machery, E., Mallon, R., Nichols, S., and Stich, S. 2004. Semantics, Cross-Cultural Style. Cognition, 92, B1-B12.
  5. ^ Nichols, S. 2006. Folk Intuitions about Free Will. Journal of Cognition and Culture, 6.
  6. ^ Roskies, A. 2006. Neuroscientific challenges to free will and responsibility. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 10, 419-107.
  7. ^ Nichols, S. and Ulatowski, J. forthcoming. Intuitions and Individual Differences: The Knobe Effect Revisited. Mind & Language.
  8. ^ Sosa, E. 2006. Experimental Philosophy and Philosophical Intuition. Philosophical Studies, 132, 99-107.
  9. ^ Nadelhoffer, T. & Nahmias, E. 2007. The Past and Future of Experimental Philosophy. Philosophical Explorations, 10, 123-149.
  10. ^ Nichols, S. 2002. Norms with Feeling: Towards a Psychological Account of Moral Judgment, Cognition, 84, 221-236.
  11. ^ Nichols, S. 2004. Sentimental Rules. Oxford University Press.
  12. ^ Andreou, C. 2006. Morality and Psychology. Philosophy Compass, 2, 46-55.

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