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Professor Shaun Nichols, Ph.D.

Professor Shaun Nichols
  • University of Arizona
  • Rutgers University
I think that regardless of whether you think that fate or karma exists, it’s a really interesting question of why it’s such a powerful cultural force. Why do people believe in these things?
Dr. Shaun Nichols is Professor of Philosophy at The University of Arizona. He holds a joint appointment in Philosophy and Cognitive Science. Professor Nichols earned his bachelor's degree in Philosophy from Stanford University and his Ph.D. from Rutgers University. He previously taught at the College of Charleston, where he held the Harry Lightsey Chair of Humanities, and at the University of Utah. The 2005 recipient of the Stanton Award, given to innovative scholars working at the intersection of philosophy and psychology, Professor Nichols has published widely in both disciplines. He is the author of Sentimental Rules: On the Natural Foundations of Moral Judgment, and the coauthor of Mindreading: An Integrated Account of Pretense, Self-awareness and Understanding Other Minds. He is the editor of The Architecture of the Imagination and the coeditor of Experimental Philosophy. Professor Nichols, whose research has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, has published more than 50 articles in academic journals in psychology and philosophy. He serves on several editorial boards, and at The University of Arizona he directs a research group on experimental philosophy.
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"Shaun Nichols is organized, clear, sufficiently unbiased, and covers a wide range of perspectives on the topic of free will and determinism. "

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9 Courses and Sets

  1. Special Collection - 36 Big Ideas Collection

    Special Collection - 36 Big Ideas

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $199.95 Starting at $199.95 $269.95 $199.95$269.95
    The Great Courses has introduced millions of lifelong learners to some of the biggest ideas out there. Enjoy a collection of 36 lectures specially curated from some of our most popular courses and get a fresh learning experience in a wide range of disciplines. Religious writings that may have been forged; a universal template of world myths; the science of tasting colors—Join us for an intriguing tour of big ideas!
  2. Great Philosophical Debates: Free Will and Determinism

    Great Philosophical Debates: Free Will and Determinism

    Shaun Nichols
    Starting at $129.95 Starting at $129.95 $254.95 $129.95$254.95
    Are you in control of your destiny? Or are you fated to live and act a certain way? Make up your own mind with Great Philosophical Debates: Free Will and Determinism. Learn the intriguing details of this fundamental philosophical question in 24 fascinating lectures taught by Shaun Nichols, an award-winning professor of philosophy and cognitive science. Discover how history's greatest thinkers have puzzled over the...
  3. (Set) Great Philosophical Debates: Free Will and Determinism & No Excuses: Existentialism and the Meaning of Life  Set

    (Set) Great Philosophical Debates: Free Will and Determinism & No Excuses: Existentialism and the Meaning of Life

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $259.90 Starting at $259.90 $509.90 $259.90$509.90
    Do you make your own choices in life, or has your destiny already been decided? What is the meaning of individual freedom and personal responsibility? Questions such as these are at the heart of this thought-provoking set. Start with Great Philosophical Debates: Free Will and Determinism, which takes you through the origins of, approaches to, and experiments about the enduring questions of whether or not we have...
  4. (Set)  The Great Ideas of Humankind Set

    (Set) The Great Ideas of Humankind

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $3,754.40 Starting at $3,754.40 $3,754.40 $3,754.40$3,754.40
  5. (Set) Great Philosophical Debates: Free Will and Determinism & Will to Power: The Philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche  Set

    (Set) Great Philosophical Debates: Free Will and Determinism & Will to Power: The Philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $259.90 Starting at $259.90 $509.90 $259.90$509.90
    Discover the answers to some of the most important questions in the history of our Western intellectual tradition. Do you make your own choices in life, or have circumstances beyond your control already decided your destiny? Learn the intriguing details of this fundamental philosophical query with Great Philosophical Debates: Free Will and Determinism. Why is Friedrich Nietzsche the most misinterpreted and unfairly...
  6. (Set) Great Philosophical Debates: Free Will and Determinism & Questions of Value  Set

    (Set) Great Philosophical Debates: Free Will and Determinism & Questions of Value

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $259.90 Starting at $259.90 $509.90 $259.90$509.90
    Take a rewarding look at two important facets of Western philosophy with this engaging and insightful two-course set. First, discover how history's greatest minds have puzzled over the debate between free will and determinism in Great Philosophical Debates: Free Will and Determinism. Then, examine the broad spectrum of values and ethics and the role they play in our lives with Questions of Value.
  7. (Set) Thinking about Capitalism & Great Philosophical Debates: Free Will and Determinism  Set

    (Set) Thinking about Capitalism & Great Philosophical Debates: Free Will and Determinism

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $329.90 Starting at $329.90 $629.90 $329.90$629.90
  8. (Set) Great Ideas of Philosophy & 36 Big Ideas Set

    (Set) Great Ideas of Philosophy & 36 Big Ideas

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Starting at $499.90 Starting at $499.90 $719.90 $499.90$719.90
  9. (Set) 36 Big Ideas & The Joy of Ancient History Set on sale

    (Set) 36 Big Ideas & The Joy of Ancient History

    Taught By Multiple Professors
    Save up to $415.00 Starting at $88.90 $124.90 $88.90$124.90
    Learn something new and exciting with this set of collections courses. Begin by exploring 36 ideas – philosophy, science and more – that have changed the face of civilization. Then, dive into ancient history and hopscotch around the world and across time to experience the fascinating variety of what the past has to offer.