Research

Research

Macquarie University received a rating of 'above world standard' (4 out of 5) for research in Philosophy in the Excellence in Research for Australia 2012 report. The Department has an innovative and vibrant research culture, benefiting from the presence of a number of philosophical and inter-disciplinary perspectives, and consistently producing high-level research publications in a wide range of central areas.

The Department's unique features are a genuine pluralism, based on a long-standing collective commitment to creative interaction between philosophical traditions, and a strongly interdisciplinary and empirically grounded orientation, which guides much of its research in philosophy of mind, philosophy of biology and cognitive science, moral psychology, applied ethics and social philosophy.

Areas of specialisation

Mind, Metaphysics and Meaning

This stream conducts research in the philosophy of mind and cognition, the philosophy of biology and philosophy of science, pragmatism, epistemology and metaphysics. Richard Menary's research focusses on embodied and extended cognition, culture and cognition, neural plasticity and scaffolded learning, the self, and cognitive evolution. Karola Stotz's research focusses on evolutionary, developmental and molecular biology and human nature. Colin Klein's research is focused on explanatory and methodological issues in functional brain imaging studies, imperative theories of pain, and the metaphysical and scientific aspects of reduction. Rachael Brown, who joins the department in semester 2 2014, does research on evolutionary explanations of animal cognition and learning. Albert Atkin's research focusses on the philosophy of language, race and pragmatism (especially the philosophy of C.S.Peirce), while Jennifer Duke Yonge's has research interests in theories of truth and epistemic externalism.

Social Philosophy and Modern European Philosophy

The core members of this stream (Jean-Philippe Deranty, Robert Sinnerbrink and Nicholas Smith) work in existential phenomenology and hermeneutics; social and political philosophy particularly in the Hegelian and post-Hegelian tradition; continental aesthetics; and post-structuralism. Critical social theory in the Frankfurt School tradition is a particular strength, especially its 'recognition' paradigm, as is philosophy and film. Michael Olson, who has expertise in modern and contemporary European philosophy will join in 2015. Members of the stream are active editors of the international journal Critical Horizons.

Ethics and Applied Ethics

Our research in ethics extends from the theoretical to the applied, with particular strengths in conceptions of autonomy and agency, moral psychology, research ethics and clinical ethics. Catriona Mackenzie and Jeanette Kennett do research in moral psychology and moral cognition, autonomy, moral responsibility, conceptions of selfhood, and agency and its impairments, with emerging strengths in neuroethics. Paul Formosa's research engages with Kantian ethics and political philosophy, human dignity, and moral evil. Mianna Lotz's work in normative and applied ethics focuses on the philosophy of the family, parenting, and issues in child welfare. In applied ethics, Wendy Rogers leads multi-disciplinary work on the ethics and regulation of innovative surgery and surgical research, and a new project on definitions of disease and the ethics of overdiagnosis.

Research Centres

Macquarie University Research Centre

Centre for Values, Agency and Values

The Centre for Agency, Values and Ethics is a multidisciplinary centre involving philosophers, cognitive scientists, legal scholars and medical practitioners. The Centre aims to foster research that expands our understanding of human agency and selfhood, and of the connections between agency, values and ethics. Our research encompasses theoretical questions, together with practical issues in applied ethics and bioethics, and aims to make a contribution towards relevant public policy debates in Australian society.

Affiliated Centres

ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders

The ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders offers unique opportunities for interdisciplinary and international collaborative research in the study of cognition, its disorders, and their treatment.

Australian School of Advanced Medicine

The Australian School of Advanced Medicine is a designated Concentration of Research Excellence (CoRE) at Macquarie in neuroscience, vascular science and surgery. It is also an international luminary research site for GE Healthcare. The research group is located in purpose-built laboratories in the Macquarie University Clinic.

Research Projects

Research Projects

The following list provides summaries of externally funded research projects undertaken by Philosophy staff. 

See also a more extensive list of projects relating to the Centre for Agency, Values and Ethics on the CAVE website.

Future Fellowship 2014-2017: Richard Menary
Project Title: The Enculturated Brain: How Culture Transforms the Brain and Extends our Cognitive Capabilities

This project aims to advance our understanding of the influence of the cultural and social environment on our cognitive capabilities. Its significance lies in producing a theoretical model of how human brains have evolved to be culturally situated. The outcome will be a model that explains how as a species: our brains evolved in richly social and cultural environments; how each human brain develops in such an environment; and, how culture transforms the brain. The cultural transformation of our brains results in culturally extended cognitive systems. This will be a significant innovation in our current understanding of how brains, bodies and culture transform our basic cognitive capabilities.

Future Fellowship 2014-2017: Wendy Rogers
Project Title: Defining disease: Addressing the Problem of Overdiagnosis

This project will investigate and define the limits of physical disease, to answer questions about when a presentation is a disease, and when it is simply a risk factor or mild condition. The ensuing account of disease will make a practical contribution to growing international concern about asymptomatic people being diagnosed and treated for conditions that will not cause any health problems ("overdiagnosis"). The research will provide normative grounds for evaluating disease claims. Results will reduce the harm caused by people receiving treatment that they do not require, make a practical contribution to debates about the scope of health care, and yield findings that can help to reduce the cost-burdens associated with overdiagnosis.

Future Fellowship 2014-2017: Robert Sinnerbrink
Project Title: Cinematic Ethics: Exploring Ethical Experience through Film

This project develops a new interdisciplinary framework for understanding cinema's unique power to evoke ethical experience via audiovisual means. Combining philosophy with film analysis, it moves beyond the prevalent view that cinema merely illustrates moral situations, and challenges the long-held suspicion toward film's manipulative aesthetic power. This project proposes instead a model of cinematic ethics: an investigation of how cinema evokes ethical experience through emotional, cognitive, and aesthetic engagement.  This project will advance the emerging interdisciplinary field of film-philosophy by highlighting film's under-recognised potential to enhance ethical understanding, and thus to promote greater social awareness and intercultural communication.

Project Title: How Do We Know What Works: Ethics and Evidence in Surgical Research (Rogers and Townley)

Period: 2012-2014
Project Summary
This project will make surgery safer for patients by improving our understanding of evidence in surgery.  We will look at the question "what works" in surgery.  The resources we develop will help practitioners and regulators to better navigate and manage the complex ethical and practical challenges in this field.

Project Title: On the Cutting Edge: Promoting Best Practice in Surgical Innovation (Rogers, Johnson, Lotz, Townley, Sheridan, Ballantyne, Meyerson, Tomossy, Eyers, Maddern, Thomson)

Period: 2011-2014
Project Summary
Surgical innovation leads to beneficial healthcare outcomes, but frequently at an ethical, legal and regulatory cost.  This project aims to address these challenges by developing conceptual tools and regulatory mechanisms which promote patient safety and support to those who practice, manage and govern surgery.

Project Title: Vulnerability, Autonomy and Justice (Mackenzie, Rogers, Dodds)

Period: 2011-2013
Project Summary

Vulnerable people require assistance and care.  But what are our responsibilities in relation to the vulnerable?  And how can we provide assistance and care while avoiding stereotyping or paternalism?  This research will advance ethical theory and be useful in solving practical problems in health research and policy.

Project Title: Film as Philosophy: Understanding Cinematic Thinking (Trahair, Sinnerbrink, Flaxman)

Period: 2010-2013
Project Summary

Cinematic thinking is the fundamental presupposition of a recent trend in the study of cinema known as 'film-philosophy'. Yet what the concept of cinematic thinking entails and how precisely films can be understood as thinking objects remains a neglected or contentious issue in these new approaches. This project will establish the parameters for understanding cinematic thinking by analysing how thought is conceived in both philosophical approaches to film and films by key contemporary filmmakers. The project's significance lies in its critical intervention into a new genre of academic writing and its contribution to the understanding of film as philosophy.

Project Title: Autonomy and Oppression: A Relational Analysis (Stoljar, Mackenzie) - Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada

Period: 2010-2013
Project Summary
This project investigates the problem of whether, and how, agents who are oppressed can nevertheless be autonomous. We define personal autonomy as the condition of governing oneself; that is the condition of not being subject to the direction or will of others. Being in the condition of autonomy requires that agents have the capacity for autonomy. Can agents who are oppressed be genuinely free agents? Can they be genuinely self-governing even if their ability to make choices and adopt preferences is curtailed by the social circumstances of oppression in which they are embedded.

Project Title: Work and Self-development: A Philosophical Reappraisal (Smith, Deranty, Renault, Dejours)

period: 2010-2013
Project Summary

Many Australians are worried about work, perhaps in more complex ways than ever before. Young people entering work lack the orientation once provided by established career paths, mid¿life workers are often subject to disorienting shifts in role and difficulties finding the right 'work¿life' balance, and many people leaving work find their lives suddenly bereft of meaning. This project will shed light on these anxieties by framing work within an image of the human that does justice to the depth and complexity of contemporary work experience.  

Project Title: Causes That Make a Difference: A Philosophical Theory of Token-Causation (Menzies)

Period: 2010-2012
Project Summary

Discussions of causation in philosophy and other disciplines raise matters of practical concern: for example, about how to improve causal explanations in economics, how to devise better ways of testing causal hypotheses in medicine, and how to automate procedures for discovering causal relations in agriculture. By clarifying the structure of causal concepts, the project will help in the efforts to address these problems, and so contribute indirectly to the national benefits that will accrue from solving them. A central aim of the project is to train several PhD students, the next generation of researchers, in this important field of enquiry.

Project Title: Addiction, Moral Identity and Moral Agency: Integrating Theoretical and Empirical Approaches (Kennett, Fry, Matthews)

Period: 2010-2012
Project Summary

Recent scientific advances are clarifying the role of the brain in drug addiction and the impact of drug use on judgment, self-control and behaviour. This project will be the first to examine the impact of addiction on the moral self-conception, practical identity and values of drug addicted persons themselves and compare it to perceptions currently informing treatment. It will test and refine philosophical accounts of the elements of responsible agency and self-control against the scientific data and our empirical study and develop a set of recommendations for ethical and effective public policies and practices in the addictions field.

Project Title: Implicit Persuasion in Pharmaceutical Marketing: Ethical Implications for Regulators and Consumers (Beigler, Kennett, Oakley, Vargas)

Period : 2010-2012
Project Summary

Research increasingly suggests that advertising alters consumer attitudes outside awareness. Although widely tolerated in relation to a range of consumables these techniques are ethically contentious in pharmaceutical marketing because of the risks associated with drug use. In a new approach, known as experimental philosophy, our research combines a conceptual analysis of the ethics of subconscious persuasion with a groundbreaking empirical study that quantifies this effect in pharmaceutical advertising. The study will advance the quality use of medicines, especially in the elderly, who are the greatest consumers of pharmaceuticals nationwide and those most at risk from their improper use.

Project Title : Neuroethics: The Practical and the Philosophical (Levy and Kennett).

Period: 2007-2009
Project Summary

The benefits of the project are twofold: practically, it will enable us to better regulate, personally and socially, the new technologies that the sciences of the mind are already producing; intellectually, it will enable us to better understand human agency in the light of the new knowledge generated by the sciences of the mind, and it will help to maintain Australia's reputation as an international leader in applied ethics and in philosophy of mind and agency.

Project Title: Applying the Ethics of Recognition: Work and the Social Bond (Smith and Deranty)

Period: 2006-2010
Project Summary
Work is not just of instrumental value, worth it just for the money: a good, fulfilling job is integral to a fulfilled life. Our sense of well-being is inseparably bound up with how things are going at work. But how is this well-being sustained? What moral expectations do we bring to work and what happens when they are not met? This project will develop new answers to these questions by focusing on claims for recognition arising out of work. Experiences of misrecognition at work, we propose, seriously damage one's capacity to lead a fulfilling life. By identifying ways in which recognition can be given or denied at work, the project will be of great community benefit.

Project Title: Mental Causation in a Physical World (Menzies)

Period: 2006-2008
Project Summary

The issues concerning mental causation are not just philosophical issues. They are discussed in the fields of psychology, cognitive science, and psychiatry as questions about whether mental phenomena, eg mental illnesses, are best understood at the cognitive level or the neurophysiological level of causation. The project will result in a research monograph aimed at practitioners from these fields among others.  By introducing these practitioners to recent philosophical thinking about causation and reduction, the present project may lead to more subtle ways of conceptualising and treating mental illnesses, and so contribute indirectly to the socio¿economic benefits accruing from more reflective psychological and psychiatric practice.

Project Title: Autonomy and Identity: A Relational Theory (Mackenzie)

Period: 2006-2007
Project Summary
Autonomy is widely regarded as an important value in liberal democratic societies and underpins many of the basic rights and legal protections enjoyed by citizens. The principle of respect for autonomy is a guiding ethical principle in a range of areas, including in medical and legal contexts, for example in requirements regarding informed consent, and in ethical guidelines governing protocols for research involving human subjects. A better understanding of autonomy and its relationship to the social context has the potential to produce indirect socio¿economic benefits by informing theory and practice in these and other areas.

Project Title: Interdisciplinarity in the Sciences of Memory: cognition, culture, and complexity (Sutton)

Period: 2003-2005
Project Summary
Memory is studied in many disciplines, at a bewildering variety of levels. Is there any sense in which memory theorists - from neurobiologists to narrative psychologists - are studying the same phenomena? This project constructs a positive framework for understanding diverse research on memory in both cognitive and social sciences. We clarify the conceptual foundations of dynamical systems theory in the sciences of memory. We develop methods for understanding complex interactions and collaborations between brain and environment; and we test naturalistic accounts of autobiographical memory, social memory, and external memory through case studies in cognitive psychology, history, and media theory.

Project Title: Singular Causation: A Conceptual Analysis (Menzies)

Period: 2002
Project Summary

The concept of causation plays a central role in structuring our experience of the world. But how is the concept of causation itself to be understood? This project aims to answer this question by advancing a novel theory to explain the content and structure of the concept. A book monograph outlining the new theory will be of interest not only to philosophers, but also to natural and social scientists concerned to understand the application of the concept in their disciplines, and to cognitive psychologists and artificial intelligence experts concerned to understand its role in human cognition.

Research Grants

Recent successful research grants

Much of the research undertaken in the Philosophy Department is supported by external sources of funding. The Department has an excellent track record of obtaining national competitive grants for its research activity. A selection of recent successful research grant applications is listed below.

Period of Award

Project Title

Chief Investigator(s)

Grant Type

Amount awarded ($AUD)

2014-2017

The Enculturated Brain: How Culture Transforms the Brain and Extends our Cognitive Capabilities

Richard Menary ARC Future Fellowship 589,656
2014-2017

Defining disease: Addressing the Problem of Overdiagnosis

Wendy Rogers ARC Future Fellowship 820,156
2014-2017 Cinematic Ethics: Exploring Ethical Experience through Film Robert Sinnerbrink ARC Future Fellowship 580,878
2012-2015 Dignity and Respect: A Kantian Theoretical Approach to Practical Rationality and Human Agency Paul Formosa ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) 475,000
2012-2014 How Do We Know What Works: Ethics and Evidence in Surgical Research Wendy Rogers
Cynthia Townley
ARC Discovery Project 115,000
2011-2014 On the Cutting Edge: Promoting Best Practice in Surgical Innovation Wendy Rogers et al. ARC Linkage Project 255,000
2011-2013 Vulnerability, Autonomy and Justice Catriona Mackenzie
Wendy Rogers
Susan Dodds
ARC Discovery Project 250,000
2010-2013 Film as Philosophy: Understanding Cinematic Thinking Lisa Trahair
Robert Sinnerbrink
Gregory Flaxman
ARC Discovery Project 147,000
2010-2012 Work and Self-development: A Philosophical Reappraisal Nicholas Smith
Jean-Philippe Deranty
Emmanuel Renault
Christophe Dejours
ARC Discovery Project 260,000
2010-2012 Causes That Make a Difference: A Philosophical Theory of Token-Causation Peter Menzies ARC Discovery Project 156, 000
2010-2012 Addiction, Moral Identity and Moral Agency: Integrating Theoretical and Empirical Approaches

Jeanette Kennett
Craig Fry
Steve Matthews

ARC Discovery Project 313,000
2010-2012 Implicit Persuasion in Pharmaceutical Marketing: Ethical Implications for Regulators and Consumers P Biegler
Jeanette Kennett
Justin Oakley
P T Vargas
ARC Discovery Project 449,000
2007-2009 Neuroethics: The Practical and the Philosophical Neil Levy
Jeanette Kennett
ARC Discovery Project 185,000

2006-2008

Mental Causation in a Physical World

Peter Menzies

ARC Discovery Project

80,000

2006-2008

Applying the Ethics of Recognition: Work and the Social Bond

Nicholas Smith
Jean-Philippe Deranty

ARC Discovery Project

213,000

2006-2007

Autonomy and Identity: a relational theory

Catriona Mackenzie

ARC Discovery Project

60,000

2006-2007

Developing a Two-Factor Model of Delusions: experience, belief, and folk psychology

Tim Bayne
Peter Menzies
John Sutton
Institut Nicod

ARC International Linkage

22,000

2005-2007

Political Theory and Social hope

Nicholas Smith
Shane O' Neill (Queen's University Belfast)

International Visiting Fellowship (Queen's University Belfast)

40,000

2004-2006

Responsibility and Cognitive Science: agency, empathy, and theory of mind

Tim Bayne
Neil Levy

ARC Discovery Project

87,570

2003-2005

Interdisciplinarity in the Sciences of Memory: cognition, culture, and complexity

John Sutton

ARC Discovery Project

184,437

2002

Singular Causation: a conceptual analysis

Peter Menzies

ARC Discovery Project

34,594

Journal

Critical Horizons Journal

Department members from the Social Philosophy/Continental Philosophy stream play key editorial roles for the internationally renowned journal, Critical Horizons.

As described on the publisher's website:

'Critical Horizons works at the intersection of philosophy, aesthetics and social and critical theory. It brings together a unique combination of perspectives to create a vibrant forum for critical analysis and creative dissonance. Critical Horizons is dedicated to publishing original analyses of contemporary social and cultural life from those working at the forefront of critical thinking as well as new generations of critical theorists from across a broad range of cultural contexts and theoretical traditions.

Critical Horizons is an internationally refereed journal and has published the work of Etienne Balibar, Andrew Bowie, Fred Dallmayr, Manfred Frank, Agnes Heller, Dieter Henrich, Axel Honneth, Martin Jay, Richard Kearney, Alphonso Lingis, Paul Patton, Jacques Rancière, Emmanuel Renault, and Richard Rorty.

Visit Maney Online to access Critical Horizons journals

Postdoctorate

Early Career Research Opportunities

The Philosophy Department at Macquarie provides an excellent environment in which to undertake postdoctoral research. Two post-doctoral researchers - Paul Formosa and Adam Hochman - are currently employed in the Department, working in a range of philosophical areas including aesthetics, political philosophy, theories of personhood, history of philosophy, applied ethics, philosophy of race, philosophy of biology and philosophy of psychology.

Opportunities for funding of postdoctoral research are available from two main sources: the Macquarie University Research Fellowship Scheme, and the Australian Research Council Discovery Early Career Researcher Award. The Department has been very successful in attracting funding from both these sources - you can find a list of past holders of postdocs below. We welcome new applications.

Macquarie University Research Fellowships Scheme 2016

The Macquarie University Research Fellowships (MQRF) Scheme is now open for formal Expressions of Interest (EOI).

Macquarie University will offer up to ten full-time Research Fellowship positions commencing in 2016. Fellowships will be awarded on a competitive basis and will be fixed-term for three years. Applicants must have been awarded their PhD on or after 1st March 2012, or submit their thesis by 19th August 2015 (or make a convincing case for early career researcher status). Any intending applicants for this scheme must discuss their Expression of Interest with their Fellowship Sponsor and work closely with them during its development.

For full details please read the EOI Funding Rules 2016 and the EOI Application Form which are available on the Research Office website.

The Department has an excellent record of success in obtaining funding from this scheme, as can be seen from the list of current and past post-docs in the Department (see list below).

If you have an interest in applying for a Fellowship in the 2015 round, please send:

  1. Your current CV with list of publications, as an email attachment with your surname in the file name.
  2. Provisional project title and one page (300-400 word) project description, which also highlights areas of potential connection with Departmental research strengths. Please also include this text as an attachment with your surname in the file name.

to Dr Robert Sinnerbrink (robert.sinnerbrink@mq.edu.au) by 18th May 2015.

It is recommended that you approach the Department and potential sponsors well in advance of this deadline if you are interested in submitting an Expression of Interest. Please note that it is important to highlight the manner in which the proposed project will fit with the research interests and expertise of potential sponsors. There must be a good fit between the applicant's and the sponsor's areas of research specialisation. For this reason, potential applicants are strongly advised to review the research profiles of potential sponsors from within the Philosophy Department. These can be viewed via the Department staff list.

The Philosophy Department also hosts the Macquarie University Research Centre for Agency, Values and Ethics (CAVE). Applicants are encouraged to review the research projects currently supported by CAVE. However, in the first instance it is not necessary to have a detailed project proposal: the details will be worked out together with your sponsor if an EOI goes ahead.

If the Department is able to sponsor your application, you will be notified before Monday 18th May. Approved and sponsored applicants will then be asked to email the Faculty of Arts Research Office expressing their intention to submit an EOI including details of the project and their Departmental sponsor.

Approved applicants will then be invited to work with their sponsors to develop their Expressions of Interest which must be submitted in by 5pm Wednesday, 27th May 2015. This deadline is set to ensure time to incorporate feedback from compliance checks before submitting the final Expression of Interest to the Research Office (email: research.preaward@mq.edu.au) by 5 pm on Wednesday, 10th June 2015.

Learn more about the MQRF scheme

Macquarie Postdocs

Current Postdocs

 

Period of Fellowship

Type of Fellowship

Place of PhD

Paul Formosa

2012-2015
2009-2011

ARC DECRA
MQRF

University of Queensland

Adam Hochman 2015-2018 MQRF University of Sydney

Past Postdocs

 

Period of Fellowship

Type of Fellowship

Current position (2014)

Daniel Nolan

1998-2000

MQRF

Professor of Philosophy, Australian National University

David Macarthur

2000-2002

MQRF

Senior Lecturer In Philosophy, University of Sydney

Koji Tanaka

2001-2003

MQRF

Senior Lecturer in Philosophy, University of Auckland

Jordi Fernandez

2003-2006

MQRF

Lecturer in Philosophy, University of Adelaide

Sarah Sorial

2008

ARC

Senior Lecturer in Philosophy, University of Wollongong

Catharine Abell 2007-2009 MQRF

Senior Lecturer in Philosophy, University of Manchester

Mark Jago

2008-2011

ARC

Lecturer in Philosophy, University of Nottingham

Heikki Ikaheimo 2008-2010 MQRF Senior Lecturer in Philosophy, University of New South Wales
Nicole Vincent 2011-2013 MQRF Associate Professor of Philosophy, Law, and Neuroscience, Georgia State University
Jane Johnson 2012-2014
2009-2011
MQRF
Postdoc Research Fellow

HDR research project

Current research students

Our current postgraduates form a lively group of researchers. Below is a list of their thesis topics and links to their personal pages.

NameDegreeThesis topic
Lanei AlexanderPhDThe role of obesity stigma in Bariatric Surgeons' Assessment of morbidly obese candidates for surgery
Daniel AndersonPhDA communicative theory of forgiveness and its application to the formation of personal and social identity
Christopher CameronMPhilThe necessity of embodied exposure for moral decision making
Katrina ConcannonPhDKierkegaard, Nietzsche and Beavoir: Producing the individual in Literature
Leigh DaytonPhDAustralia's quest for the bionic eye and the politics of innovation
Martin DowsonPhDHell is a hypothesis: a pragmatic philosophical perspective on religious belief
Julie GermeinPhDA Peircian semiotic analysis of self-awareness
Alexander GilletPhDEncultured thinking
Kelly HamiltonPhDCollective Emotions
William HebblewhitePhDJacques Ranciere and the division of labour
Jonathan KingPhDCinema and the question of form as an ethical and political question
Tracy LlaneraPhDThe ethics of the imagination
Philip MartinPhDFate, Freedom and Anime worldliness from Heidegger and Nishida to Anime philosophy
Sacha MolitoriszPhDMorality bytes: threats to privacy and truth, agency and autonomy in a new media world
Hoda MostafaviPhDEnculturated cognition: The role of social learning
Fatma OnalPhDLove in the time of social media
Stephen ReidPhDRorty on religion
Bernhard RippergerPhDDecentred autonomy in the law: a contribution to Axel Honneth's theory of justice
Anke SnoekPhDAutonomy and identity in drug user populations
Rebacca TockPhDInforming the Clinic - Overcoming the ethical challenges for autonomy

Recent graduates, theses & placements

Our recent graduates have gone on from Macquarie to take posts in academia, both in Australia and overseas, to pursue further postgraduate study, or to pursue successful careers outside of academia. Below is a list of our recent graduates.

PhDs 2004 to date

NameThesis YearSupervisorsPlacement
Tereza HendlEthical aspects of gender selection for non-medical reasons2015Prof W. Rogers & Dr. M. LotzResearch Assistant, University of Sydney
Ruby CatsanosEthical issues raised by uterus transplantation2014Prof W. RogersTutor, Department of Philosophy, Macquarie University
Karl MollWork, anthropology, and human determination in the thought of Schiller, Marx, and Marcuse2014Prof N. Smith & A/Prof JP DerantyIndependent writer
Toshiro OsawaPerfection and Morality: A Commentary of Baumgarten's Ethica Philosophica and its Relevance for Kantian Ethics2014A/Prof JP DerantyResearch Assistant UNSW
Onni HirvonenConcepts of Group Recognition2013Prof N. SmithResearch Fellow, University of Jyvaskyla, Finland
Michael KirchhoffDiachronic Metaphysical Building Relations: Towards the Metaphysics of Extended Cognition2013Dr R. MenaryLecturer, University of Wollongong
David WildRecognizing Capital and the Politics of Theory2013Prof N. SmithResearch Assistant, Macquarie University
Neralie WiseThe Capgras Delusion: An Integrated Approach2013Prof P. MenziesAssociate Investigator, ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders, Macquarie University
Lise-Marie AndersenThe interventionist solution to the exclusion problem of mental causation2012Prof P. MenziesPostdoctoral Fellow, Interacting Minds Centre, Aarhus University, Denmark
Wilson CooperNon-reductive Physicalism and the Role of Powers2012Prof P. MenziesTutor, Department of Philosophy, Macquarie University
Andrew DunstallAdventure, Schema, Supplement. Derrida and the Philosophy of History2012A/Prof JP DerantyAssociate Lecturer in Philosophy, Macquarie University
Adam TateHeidegger's Concept of Fundamental Ontological Transcendence in the Late 1920s2012Dr R. SinnerbrinkTechnical Account Manager, Neilson Australia
Jeffry OcayCritical Theory at the Margins: Applying Marcuse's Model of Critical Social Theory to the Philippines2012A/Prof JP DerantyAssociate Professor, Philosophy, Silliman University, Philippines
Jerry LarsonCamus' Moral Philosophy and the Ethics of Tragic Freedom2012A/Prof JP DerantyLecturer, Waseda University, Japan
Brennan JacobyTrust and Betrayal: A Conceptual Analysis2011Dr C. TownleyFreelance writer, consultant and educator at The School of Life, London
Dale TweedieTheories of Work and Contemporary Workplace Organisation2011Prof N. Smith & A/Prof JP DerantyPostdoctoral Research Fellow, Accounting and Corporate Governance
Michaela BakerFrom Phenomenology to Ethics: a reinterpretation and defence of the early Sartre2010Prof N. SmithFaculty of Arts Director of Participation, Macquarie University
Titus StahlA Critical Theory of Social Practices. On the social
ontological foundations of immanent critique
2010Prof N. Smith, A/Prof JP. Deranty, Prof A. Honneth (Frankfurt)Assistant Professor in Social Philosophy, the Institute for Philosophy at the Johann Wolfgang Goethe University, Frankfurt, Germany
Ruth Cox

The Theory of Recognition and the Ethics of Immigration

2010Prof N. Smith

Tutor in Philosophy, Macquarie University

Mary WalkerPersonal Continuation: Psychological Continuity and Narrative Theories of Identity2010Prof C. MackenzieCurrent: Research Assistant, CAPPE CSU; Previous: Research Officer Australian National Council on Drugs
Anne Monchamp

Ilewerr: a philosophical and ethnographic study of
autobiographical remembering in the central desert of
Australia

2009Prof J. Sutton, Dr D. McIlwain (Psychology) & A/Prof K.
Ram (Anthropology)
Tutor in Indigenous Studies, Warawara
Jacqui PolteraNarrative self-integration, agency, and fragmentation2009Prof C. Mackenzie & Dr C. TownleyCurrent: Tasmanian Department of Health;
Previous: Research Fellow in Applied Philosophy, Centre for Citizenship and Public Policy, University of Western Sydney
John QuilterMorality, luck and blame: A qualified defence of the morality system2009Prof C. MackenzieLecturer in Philosophy at Australian Catholic University
Russell DownhamThe Significance of Experiential Memory2008Prof J. SuttonResearch Project Officer NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors (STARTTS
John BuckmasterCinematic Memories: cinema as a metaphor of memory2008Prof J. SuttonManager of International Relations, Sydney Film School
Carl WindhorstBelieving in the past: The Psychological Mechanisms Responsible for the construction of autobiographical memories2008Prof J. Sutton, Dr T. Bayne & Prof P. Menzies

Project Officer, Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations, Australian Government

Berndt SelheimL'Absent de tous bouquets: Linguistic Negativity in Martin Heidegger and Maurice Merleau-Ponty2008Dr R. Sinnerbrink & A/Prof JP DerantyLecturer in Communication at UTS
Suzanne BlissMental Causation, causal exclusion, and a dual concept of causation2008Prof P. Menzies, Dr T. BayneFixed Term Lecturer in Philosophy at UNSW and University of Wollongong
Maria TrochatosPsychological Essentialism, cognitive bias and philosophy of mind2007Prof P. Menzies & Prof J. SuttonResearch Assistant University of Tasmania
Meta RegisMood Enhancing Fictions: A Model of Daydreaming and Fantasy Immersion2007Prof J. Sutton & Dr R. SinnerbrinkTeaches for Stella Maris College
Deane Peter BakerReformed Epistemology and Charles Taylor's Phenomenology of Morals2006Prof N. Smith, Dr T. BayneSenior Lecturer in Philosophy, University of Kwazulu-Natal
David WilsonThe Nature of Free will2006Prof P. Menzies, Dr T. Bayne, & Prof J. SuttonResearch Assistant in Philosophy, Macquarie University
Andres VaccariMachine Metaphysics2006Prof J. Sutton & A/Prof JP DerantyTeaches for the OUA
Damion ButerinBetween Reason and Voluntarism: Scotus, Bohme, Fichte, Hegel2004Prof N. Smith & A/Prof JP DerantyLecturer in Croatian Studies, and Fixed Term Lecturer in Philosophy, Macquarie University

Masters Degrees 2004 to date

Andrew MontinNorms, Language and Self-regulating Practices: On Brandom and the debate over the normativity of meaning2011A/Prof Deranty & Prof N. SmithNo data
Kevin Sinclair

Perception and Action

2008

Prof J.Sutton & Dr T. Bayne

No data

Andy HillMadness, Badness and the Reactive Attitudes2008Prof C. MackenziePursuing a career in Mental Health Care
Oliver GrangerMental Vehicles: Representation, Computation and Externalism2008Dr T. BayneResearch Assistant - Research and Evaluation Policy and Research Branch, Safe Work Australia
Wilson CooperCan Physicalism do justice to mental causation2007Prof P. MenziesCompleted a PhD in Philosophy at Macquarie University, see above
Dale TweedieEconomics in Social Policy2006A/Prof JP. DerantyCompleted a PhD in Philosophy at Macquarie University, see above
Laura CoffeyIntentional Theories of Emotion: their scope and plausibility2005Prof C. MackenzieNo data
Anthony McGannAffectivity in Emotion2005Prof C. MackenzieNo data
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