About us

About us

The units offered by the Department of Philosophy encompass a diversity of philosophical approaches which equip students with a range of analytical and creative skills. All our teaching, whether in traditional face-to-face or distance modes, is informed by a commitment to create positive learning environments in which students can become aware of and develop their talents for philosophy.

The Department currently has 15 academic staff plus three post-doctoral researchers.  The recent expansion of the Department is a sign of our success, both as a provider of high-quality education and as a producer of internationally significant research. 

The Department takes particular pride in the quality of postgraduate supervision it provides. Measured by the number of enrolments and completions, we now have one of the most successful programs in Australia. Students enjoy close, congenial relations with their supervisors; they are able to participate in a thriving research culture including regular seminars, reading groups, workshops and conferences; and they can draw on a generous research funding scheme.

The growth in our postgraduate supervision goes hand-in-hand with the expansion of our research activity. Philosophy staff have won 18 major awards from the premier source of competitive research funding in Australia - the Australian Research Council - bringing in considerable external funding for research activities based either in the Department or Macquarie Research Centres.

The Macquarie University Research Centre for Agency, Values and Ethics is based in the Department. Much of the research we are engaged in is of an interdisciplinary nature and involves regular collaboration with international partners.

Visiting Opportunities

Visiting Academics and Associates are welcomed in the Department. Visitors take part in the academic or research activities of the Department and have a formal attachment to the Faculty of Arts, which processes the applications. Appointments are usually honorary and visiting staff members are not employees of the University. Visiting Staff are issued with a Staff Identity Card for use of the library resources and other campus facilities.

Visiting positions may be arranged for a range of staff from senior Visiting Professors to junior Visiting Scholars. All visiting staff receive short term appointments of up to a year. For more information, see the University policy on Visiting Academic appointments, and appointment procedure.

Past visitors

  • Ming-Chen Lo (PhD student, Goethe Universitaet Frankfurt)
  • Geoffrey Boucher (Deakin University)
  • Olga Fernandez-Prat (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona)
  • Chris Tindale (University of Windsor, Ontario)
  • Igal Kvart (Hebrew University of Jerusalem)
  • Tim Crane (UCL)
  • Shane O'Neill (Queen's University Belfast)
  • Mark Rowlands (Miami)
  • Andy Clark (Edinburgh)
  • Elizabeth Pacherie (CREA Paris)
  • Jay Garfield (Massachusetts)
  • Robert R.Williams (Illinois)
  • Michael Devitt (CUNY)
  • Jackie Leach Scully (University of Basel)
  • Stephen Wilkinson (Keele)
  • Steven Ross (CUNY)
  • Emmanuel Renault (Ecole Normale SupĂ©rieure, Lyon)
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