About

I am an IRC Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellow at the School of Philosophy at University College Dublin. I received my PhD from the Dept. of Philosophy at UCL in 2019 where I was also a Teaching Assistant.

I work primarily in the Philosophy of Mind and Action. My research is about motivation in rational self-conscious agents. I am interested in the nature of desire, rational agency, reasons, and how they are related. Recently, I have been working on the concept of need, the role of teleology in social cognition, self-control, and self-knowledge of desire. I aim to connect my research with insights from other disciplines like linguistics and psychology.

Research

Publications

  1. Focus on Slurs (with Poppy Mankowitz) ±
    forth. Mind & Language, 1-29.
  2. Desire and What it's Rational to Do | ±
    forth. Australasian Journal of Philosophy, 1-15.
  3. Do Affective Desires Provide Reasons for Action? | ±
    2021. Ratio, 34 (2): 147-57.
  4. Desire and Satisfaction | ±
    2020. The Philosophical Quarterly, 70 (279): 371-384.

Other

  1. Paper on the Semantics of 'Need' ±
    under review.
  2. Paper on Self-Knowledge and Desire ±
    in progress.
  3. Paper on Appetite and Rational Agency ±
    in progress.
  4. Desire and Practical Rationality (PhD thesis) ±
    2019.
If a paper above is not available due to being down for revision, or at the publisher's instruction, please get in touch for a copy!

Teaching

As Instructor

PHIL10040: Introduction to Ethics (Autumn 2021-2, UCD)   ±
Philosophy Residential Summer School (Summer 2019, UCL)   ±

As Teaching Assistant

PHILG098 Linguistic Semantics (Spring 2017, UCL)   ±
PHIL2045 Philosophy of Language (Autumn 2017, UCL)   ±
PHIL1013 Introduction to Logic 2 (Spring 2015-6, UCL)   ±
PHIL1014 Introduction to Logic 1 (Autumn 2015, UCL)   ±
PHIL1012 Knowledge and Reality (Autumn 2014, UCL)   ±

Please get in touch if you would like to see my teaching dossier including course outlines.

Get in Contact

  • Address

    School of Philosophy, UCD
    Newman Building
    Belfield, Dublin 4
  • Email

    ashley.shaw@ucd.ie