Nick Treanor


  • 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 deputy 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

  • Deputy Head of Philosophy
  • Elected Member of the Senatus Academicus
  • Member of the PPLS Equality & Diversity Committee
  • Reading Party Coordinator
  • Dissertation Preparation Course Organiser

Undergraduate teaching

This year Nick is teaching Metaphysics at honours level and overseeing the Dissertation Preparation Course. He regularly contributes to subhonours and honours teaching in epistemology, philosophy of mind, and metaphysics. Before moving to Edinburgh he taught these subjects as well as courses in aesthetics, ancient philosophy, early modern philosophy, and philosophy of science.

Nick also runs the Honours Philosophy Reading Party, which he started in autumn 2013. 

Student consultation hours

Mondays 10-11am or by appointment.

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?


Current PhD students supervised

Research summary

Metaphysics, Epistemology, Philosophy of Mind and Language

Current research interests

Nick's research centres on a project that raises and then 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 belief 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".