Department of Philosophy

Department of Philosophy

Department of Philosophy

Philosophers not only seek answers to the fundamental questions of human existence but strive to keep pace with technology and science to answer questions that have yet to be asked.

Considered one of the best philosophy departments in Australasia, we offer a program that reflects a commitment to traditional philosophical pluralism, with long-standing strengths in metaphysics, ethics, social philosophy, philosophy of science, and philosophy  of the mind.

A unique feature of the Department of Philosophy is its commitment to tackling the big philosophical questions of the future. Through strong cross-disciplinary collaborations, our academics explore the issues that lie at the intersection of law, culture, science, medicine and ethics: Can machines think? What is racism? Do patients have a right to treatment? Is our brain the real criminal?

We have strong links with other departments, research centres and faculties across the university, including the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, the Centre of Excellence for Cognition and its Disorders, the Department of Cognitive Science and the Department of Biological Science. Our department engages with universities both inside and outside of Australia, giving our research, academics and students an international platform for collaboration. Strong ties with other universities include the University of Aberdeen, Cambridge, Glasgow, Oxford, the University of Amsterdam, the Institut Jean Nicod, Monash University, California Institute of Technology and many more.

The department has long-standing research strengths in ethics, European philosophy, metaphysics, philosophical psychology, philosophy of mind and cognitive science, and social philosophy. More recently we have developed specialisations in clinical ethics, philosophy of biology, philosophy of race, neuroethics and moral cognition. A distinctive strength of philosophy research at Macquarie is a focus on human agency, mind and self.

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