Department of Philosophy

Albert Atkin

Albert AtkinBA Nottingham, MA Nottingham, PhD Sheffield

Albert came to Macquarie in 2007 after teaching at the University of Glasgow in the UK. He specialises in the Philosophy of Race, and Pragmatism (especially the work of C.S. Peirce). He has additional interests in The Philosophy of Language and Epistemology, particularly where these intersect with applied questions in political philosophy.

His personal website can be found here.

RESEARCH

Current Research

Albert is currently working on the philosophy of Race and Racism, and have a particular interest in how the definition of "racism" impacts upon applied social and political questions. I also have ongoing interests in the work of C.S. Peirce and pragmatism.

Publications

Books
  • (2015) Peirce. (Routledge)
  • (2012) The Philosophy of Race. (Routledge)
Edited Works
  • (forthcoming). (with N.A.T. Coleman) The Journal of Applied Philosophy Special Edition. "Critical Philosophy of Race: Beyond the USA".
Articles (Journals, Chapters, Encyclopedia)
  • (forthcoming).  "Race, Definition and Science" in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy and Race. (Ed) Naomi Zack. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • (forthcoming). "Categories, Degeneracy, and the Final Interpretant". Semiotica.
  • (forthcoming). "Intellectual Hope as Convenient Friction". Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society.
  • (forthcoming). "John Dewey". in Oxford Bibliographies On-line. (Ed) Duncan Pritchard. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • (2014). "Rekonstrukció, elismerés, romák". Trans. Tamara Huszár.Apertúra nyár-osz. [Translation of (Atkin 2013) -"Race, Roma and Reconstruction".
  • (2013). "Race, Roma and Reconstruction". In We Roma: A Critical Reader in Contemporary Art. (Eds. Daniel Baker and Maria Hlavajova). (Utrect: Valiz/BAK).
  • (2010). "C.S. Peirce". In Oxford Bibliographies On-line. (Ed) Duncan Pritchard. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • (2010). "Pragmatism". In Oxford Bibliographies On line. (Ed) Duncan Pritchard. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • (2010/2006). "Peirce's Theory of Signs". In Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. (Ed) E. Zalta. Stanford: CSLI.
  • (2010). "Icon, Index and Symbol". In Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language Sciences (Ed.) Patrick Colm Hogan. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • (2010). "Abduction". In Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language Sciences (Ed.) Patrick Colm Hogan. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • (2008). "Peirce, Perry and The Lost History of Critical Referentialism". Philosophia. 36(3): 313-326.
  • (2008). "Peirce's Final Account of Signs and The Philosophy of Language". Transactions of the Charles S. Peirce Society. 44(1): 63-85.
  • (2007). (with J.E. Richardson). "Arguing About Muslims: (Un) Reasonable Argumentation in Letters to the Editor". Text and Talk. 27(1): 1-26.
  • (2007). (with J.E. Richardson, and C. Blackmore). "Arguing With Asperger's". In Proceedings of the International Society for the Study of Argumentation (ISSA). (Eds) F. Van Eemeren and P. Houtlosser.
  • (2006). (with J.E. Richardson) "`You're Being Unreasonable': Passing and Prior Theories of Critical Discussion". Argumentation. 20(2): 149-166.
  • (2006). "There's No Place Like `Here' and No Time Like `Now'". American Philosophical Quarterly. 43: 217-80.
  • (2005). "Peirce on The Index and Indexical Reference". Transactions of The Charles S. Peirce Society. 41(1): 161-188.
  • (2005). (with J.E. Richardson). "Constructing the Imagined Antagonist". In Argumentation in Practice. Eds. F. Van Eemeren and P. Houtlosser. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
  • (2004). "C.S. Peirce". in The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Eds. James Fieser and Bradley. Martin, Tennessee, University of Tennessee at Martin.(2004)
  • (2004). "Peirce's Pragmatism". in The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Eds. James Fieser and Bradley. Martin, Tennessee, University of Tennessee at Martin.
  • (2004).  "Peirce's Architectonic". in The Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Eds. James Fieser and Bradley. Martin, Tennessee, University of Tennessee at Martin.
Reviews
  • (2010). "Review of T.L. Short's Peirce's Theory of Signs". In Mind. 119 (475). 852-855.
  • (2007). "Review of Common Sense: A New Look at an Old Tradition by N. Rescher". In Mind. 116 (461): 206-9.
Opinion Pieces
  • (2015). "Michael Brown, Chiraq and the Black on Black Crime Complaint". The Critique. 17-3-2015. (link)
  • (2012). "What is the Value of Philosophy?". Open Forum. 15-11-2012 (link)

Graduate Supervision

Current
  •    Martin Dowson (Primary Supervisor) - "The Role of Abduction in Revelation" (PhD)
  •    Mehdi Faizy (Primary Supervisor) - "Hermeneutic Injustice" (MRes)
  •    Louis Gregory (Primary Supervisor) - "Belief and Entailment" (MRes)
Past
  • Stephanie Rennick (MQ Primary Supervisor/Co-Tutelle) - "Foreknowledge, Fate and Freedom" (PhD) 2015.
  • Neil McDonnell (MQ Primary Supervisor/Co-Tutelle) - "Counterfactuals and Counterparts: Defending a Neo-Humean Theory of Causation" (PhD) 2015.
  • Joel Stafford (Primary Supervisor) - "The Applicability of Mathematics as a Problem for The Philosophy of Science" (PhD) 2015.
  • Wilson Cooper (Associate Supervisor) - "Non-reductive Physicalism and the Role of Powers" (PhD) 2012.
  • Lise Marie Anderson (Associate Supervisor) - "The interventionist solution to the exclusion problem of mental causation" (PhD) 2012.
  • Matthew Tuxford (Primary Supervisor) - "Complexity Economics" (MRes) 2015.

 

Teaching

Courses

The following are courses which Albert teaches regularly at Macquarie:

  • PHL131 Mind Meaning and Metaphysics
  • PHL137 Critical Thinking
  • PHL281 Philosophy and Language
  • PHL352 The Philosophy of Race and Identity
  • PHIL702 Lies, Slurs and Pejoratives
  • Honours Seminar: The Philosophy of Race
Awards and Projects

Albert has ongoing interests in teaching innovation, and learning and teaching issues in higher education. The following is a partial list of projects and awards.

  • 2013 - UniJobs Lecturer of the Year Award for being in the Top 10 Lecturers at Macquarie University
  • 2013 - Education for Sustainability Initiative (PI) (link)
  • 2013 - Exploring Gamification in Philosophy (CI) (link)
  • 2011 - Faculty of Arts Learning and Teaching Grant: "Gamification and Assessment" (CI)
  • 2010 - Vice Chancellor's Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning
  • 2010 - Faculty of Arts Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning

Administrative responsibilities

  • Department Learning and Teaching Committee
  • Faculty of Arts Learning and Teaching Committee
  • Faculty of Arts Quality and Standards Committee

 Contact details

     Location: Building W6A Room 727
     Phone: (61 2) 9850 6880
     Fax: (61 2) 9850 8892
     Email: albert.atkin@mq.edu.au
     Office hours: to be advised

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