Nick Treanor

Head of Philosophy

  • Philosophy
  • School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences

Contact details



Room 6.07, Dugald Stewart Building

3 Charles Street, Edinburgh
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Nick Treanor is a lecturer in Philosophy and the head of the department. Before coming to Edinburgh he was the Newton Trust Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Churchill College. He works in epistemology, the philosophy of mind, and metaphysics. He received his PhD in 2009 from Brown University.

In 2017, Nick was awarded the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Student Experience.

Responsibilities & affiliations

  • Head of Philosophy
  • Elected Member of the Senatus Academicus
  • Member of the PPLS Equality & Diversity Committee
  • Reading Party Coordinator

Undergraduate teaching

My main teaching areas at Edinburgh are epistemology, philosophy of mind, and metaphysics, but before moving to Edinburgh I taught these subjects as well as courses in aesthetics, ancient philosophy, early modern philosophy, philosophy of language and philosophy of science.

I also run the Honours Philosophy Weekend, which I started in autumn 2013. 

Student Consultation Hours:

by appointment, or feel free to drop by my office

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?


Current PhD students supervised

Research summary

Metaphysics, Epistemology, Philosophy of Mind and Language

Current research interests

My research centres on a project that raises and connects three issues in the philosophy of mind and language, epistemology and metaphysics. On the mind and language side is the question of how to understand the part/whole structure of our believing and in particular the question of whether beliefs are properly understood as individuals. On the epistemological side is the question of what it is to know more, or of what it is to improve one's epistemic contact with the world. And on the metaphysics side is the question of what the world is like such that more of it can be known. The questions overlap since as Stalnaker has said "one can never fully disentangle questions about the nature of representation from questions about the nature of what is represented".