Head of Philosophy
Nick Treanor is a Reader in Philosophy and head of the department. Before coming to Edinburgh in 2012, he was the Newton Trust Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Churchill College. He works in metaphysics, epistemology and the philosophy of mind. He is originally from North America, where he did an undergraduate degree at Queen's University (Canada) and a PhD at Brown University (USA).
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
- Member of the University Task Force on Student Belonging
- Member of the PPLS Equality & Diversity Committee
- Philosophy Highlands Weekend Founder & Coordinator
- Executive Committee of the Scots Phil Association
- Member of PPLS School Executive Committee
- Member of the School Management Committee
- Elected Member of the Senatus Academicus
My main teaching areas at Edinburgh are epistemology, philosophy of mind, and metaphysics, but I love teaching outside my research specialization and taught courses in Aesthetics, Ancient, Early Modern, Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Religion and Political Philosophy.
Since 2013, I have been running an annual trip to the Scottish Highlands for philosophy students; this year it was to Braemar, in the Cairngorms National Park.
Office Hours: These are now online, please look for me on Microsoft Teams or email Nicola.Cairncross@ed.ac.uk for an appointment.
I have taught a variety of Master's courses at Edinburgh and elsewhere, and am currently involved in the launch of an interdisciplinary Master's programme focused on major infrastructure projects; I am co-teaching a course that brings insights from Philosophy to the management of these projects. More details here: https://tinyurl.com/LeadingMajorProgrammes
Open to PhD supervision enquiries?
Current PhD students supervised
Metaphysics, Epistemology, Philosophy of Mind and Language