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Shaun Gallagher

Shaun Gallagher is an American philosopher. He is the Professor of Philosophy and Cognitive Sciences, and Senior Research Faculty at the Institute of Simulation and Training at the University of Central Florida, and Research Professor of Philosophy and Cognitive Science at the University of Hertfordshire in England. He co-edits the journal Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences. He’s the author of several books, including How the Body Shapes the Mind, Hermeneutics and Education, The Inordinance of Time, and most recently Brainstorming (2008), and (with Dan Zahavi), The Phenomenological Mind (2008).

His graduate studies in philosophy were at Villanova University and Catholic University of Leuven, and in economics at the State University of New York - Buffalo. He received his Ph.D in philosophy from Bryn Mawr College. His research deals with phenomenology, philosophy of mind, cognitive science, and hermeneutics. He has held visiting positions at the Ecole Normale Supériure, Lyon, the University of Copenhagen, and the Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit at the University of Cambridge.

In How the Body Shapes the Mind Gallagher, drawing from phenomenology and empirical cognitive science, provides a detailed account of embodied cognition, defends the distinction between body image and body schema, and explores a number of philosophical implications concerning themes of perception, social cognition, agency, and free will.


  • How the Body Shapes the Mind (Oxford University Press; 2005)
  • Hermeneutics and Education (SUNY Press; 1992)
  • The Inordinance of Time (Northwestern University Press; 1998)
  • The Phenomenological Mind (Routledge; 2007), co-authored with Dan Zahavi
  • Brainstorming: Views and Interviews on the Mind (Imprint Academic, 2008)

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