Stephen Stich has been an Honorary Professor in the Department since 2005. He holds a Board of Governors Professorship in Philosophy and Cognitive Science at Rutgers University, USA. He has been involved with the Hang Seng Centre for Cognitive Studies at Sheffield for many years, and is a core group member and member of the Organizing Committee for the AHRC Culture and the Mind Project.
Stephen's main philosophical interests are in the philosophy of mind, epistemology, the philosophy of biology and moral psychology. In recent years he has been involved in projects exploring the extent to which philosophically important intuitions vary form one culture to another. He has also taken an active role in organizing a multi-disciplinary project aimed at understanding the psychological mechanisms underlying the acquisition and implementation of moral norms. The group working on that project includes philosophers, anthropologists and psychologists. It has undertaken empirical studies on moral judgement both within Western culture and cross-culturally, and has worked on theories to explain the biological and cultural influences on the evolution of morality. The moral psychology project has also led to a series of papers exploring the implications of these findings for debates in moral philosophy.
Stephen was a Leverhulme Visiting Professor in the department from March to May 2009, and taught a graduate course on Experimental Philosophy during this period. He also gave a series of four Leverhulme Lectures on Moral Psychology, which area available here. He will continue to visit Sheffield periodically as an honorary member of staff.
- Mindreading (co-authored with Shaun Nichols), Oxford University Press, 2003
- Deconstructing the Mind, Oxford University Press, 1996
- The Fragmentation of Reason: Preface to a Pragmatic Theory of Cognitive Evaluation, MIT Press, 1990
- From Folk Pschology to Cognitive Science: The Case Against Belief, MIT Press, 1983
- Peter Carruthers, Stephen Laurence, & Stephen Stich, eds., The Innate Mind: Structure and Content, New York: Oxford University Press, 2005.
- Ted A. Warfield & Stephen Stich, eds., The Blackwell Guide to Philosophy of Mind, Basil Blackwell, 2003
- Peter Carruthers, Stephen Stich & Michael Siegal, eds; The Cognitive Basis of Science, Cambridge University Press, 2002
- Adam Morton & Stephen P Stich, eds., Benacerraf and his Critics, Basil Blackwell), 1996
- Chandra Sripada & Stephen Stich, A Framework for the Psychology of Norms, to appear in P. Carruthers, S. Laurence & S. Stich, eds., Innateness and the Structure of the Mind, Vol. 2 (New York: Oxford University Press.)
- John Doris & Stephen Stich As a Matter of Fact: Empirical Perspectives on Ethics, to appear in F. Jackson and M. Smith, eds., The Oxford Handbook of Contemporary Analytic Philosophy.
- Shaun Nichols & Stephen Stich, Reading One's Own Mind: Self Awareness and Developmental Psychology to appear in Working Through Thought, ed. by R Kukla, R Manning & R Stainton (Boulder, CO: Westview Press)
- Chandra Sripada & Stephen Stich, Evolution, Culture and the Irrationality of the Emotions in D Evans & P Cruse, eds., Emotion, Evolution & Rationality (Oxford University Press) 2004. Pp 133-158.
- Shaun Nichols, Stephen Stich & Jonathan Weinberg, Meta-Skepticism: Meditations in Ethno-Epistemology, in S. Luper, ed., The Skeptics (Aldershot, U.K.: Ashgate Publishing) 2003. Pp. 227-247.
- Richard Samuels & Stephen Stich, Rationality & Psychology in Alfred Mele & Piers Rawling, eds., The Oxford Handbook of Rationality. Oxford Reference Library. (Oxford: Oxford University Press) 2004. Pp 279-300
- Edouard Machery, Ron Mallon, Shaun Nichols & Stephen Stich, Semantics, Cross-Cultural Style, Cognition 92, 2004. Pp. B1-B12
- Richard Samuels, Stephen Stich & Luc Faucher, Reason and Rationality, Handbook of Epistemology ed. by I Niiniluoto, M Sintonen, & J Wolenski (Kluwer) 2004. Pp. 131-179
- Stephen Stich & Shaun Nichols, Folk Psychology, in Stephen Stich & Ted A. Warfield, eds., The Blackwell Guide to Philosophy of Mind, (Oxford: Basil Blackwell) 2003. Pp. 235-255
- Stephen Stich & Jonathan Weinberg, Jackson’s Empirical Assumptions, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, 62, 3 May 2001. Pp. 637-643
- Jonathan Weinberg, Shaun Nichols & Stephen Stich, Normativity & Epistemic Intuitions, Philosophical Topics, 29, 1&2, 2001. Pp. 429-460