People

People

Executive

Executive Board Members / Research Cluster Leaders

Prof. Catriona Mackenzie (Director)

Catriona MackenzieBA (Hons) (ANU), PhD (ANU)
Department of Philosophy, Macquarie University

Catriona's research interests span ethical theory, moral psychology, social and political philosophy, feminist philosophy and applied ethics. Her current research includes projects on autonomy and oppression, on the moral and political obligations arising from vulnerability, and on narrative conceptions of the self.

Catriona was elected as a fellow to the Australian Academy of Humanities in 2014.

Research cluster: Human Agency and Selfhood

Prof. Jeanette Kennett (Deputy Director)

Jeanette KennettBA (Hons) (Monash), PhD (Monash)
Department of Philosophy and Cognitive Science CORE, Macquarie University

Jeanette's current research interests range over the following: meta-ethics and moral psychology; neuroethics; moral cognition and development; mental disorder and moral agency; legal and moral responsibility; ethical issues in institutional, professional, and social responses to addiction and mental illness; moral identity in marginalised groups; love, friendship and the self.

Jeanette was elected as a fellow to the Australian Academy of Humanities in 2011.

Research Cluster: Moral Cognition, Neuroethics and Neurolaw

Prof. Wendy Rogers (Deputy Director)

Wendy RogersMBBS (Flinders), BA Hons (Flinders), PhD (Flinders), Dip. Obst. RACOG, MRCGP (UK), FRACGP

Department of Philosophy and Department of Clinical Medicine, Macquarie University

Wendy's research interests focus on the ethics and philosophy of medical practice and healthcare. These include ethical issues arising in the context of: innovative surgery and surgical research; research ethics; organ donation; and disease detection. She also does conceptual research into vulnerability, and the definition of disease. Her current major project is a Future Fellowship on "Defining disease: addressing the problem of overdiagnosis." This research investigates the concept of 'disease' and the ethical issues associated with expanding definitions of disease that label people whose health is not compromised.

Research Cluster: Applied Ethics, Bioethics, and Clinical Ethics

A/Prof. Richard Menary

Richard MenaryBA (Hons) (Ulster), MSc (Birmingham), PhD (King's College London)
Department of Philosophy; Department of Cognitive Science, Macquarie University

Richard's research interests include: Philosophy of Mind - especially narrative approaches to the self; Philosophy of Cognitive Science - especially embodied and extended cognition; Pragmatism - especially C.S. Peirce; Wittgenstein; Aesthetics; Virtue theory as it applies to both ethical and cognitive aspects of the individual.

Research Cluster: Mind, Brain, Evolution, and Culture

Prof. Denise Meyerson

Professor Denise MeyersonBA (Witwatersrand), B Phil (Oxon), D Phil (Oxon), LLB (Cape Town)
Law School and Legal Governance CORE, Macquarie University

Denise works at the intersection of law and philosophy, particularly in the area of the philosophical foundations of constitutional and human rights law. Her recent research includes work on jurisprudence, preventive detention and control orders, the right to equality, the separation of church and state, and the interpretation of public interest exceptions in bills of rights.

Denise was elected as a Fellow to the Australian Academy of Law.

Research cluster: Human Rights and Social Justice

Members

Centre Members

Dr. Albert Atkin

CAVE Member Dr. Albert AtkinBA (Nottingham), MA (Nottingham), PhD (Sheffield)
Department of Philosophy, Macquarie University

Albert is currently working on linguistic analyses of epistemological concepts, C.S. Peirce's Sign Theories and Diagram Logics, developing an account of demonstrative reference, and analysing our concepts of 'race' and 'racism'. His research interests include philosophy of language, epistemology, pragmatism, theories of reference, and philosophy of race.

Dr. Carlos Bernal-Pulido

CAVE Member Carlos Bernal-PulidioLLB (University Externado of Colombia), Doctor of Juridical Science (University of Salamanca), MA (University of Florida), PhD (University of Florida)
Law School, Macquarie University

Carlos Bernal-Pulido has research interests in the fields of Jurisprudence, Constitutional Theory, Theory of Rights, Comparative Constitutional Law, Judicial Review, Torts, Ethics, Theory of Legal Norms and Theory of Action. At the present time, with the support of a Macquarie Research Development Grant, he is working on a project on social ontology and philosophy of law, in which the main question is whether it is possible to account for the nature of law as a normative social practice by means of the concept of collective intentional activity.

Prof. Jean-Philippe Deranty

Jean-Philippe DerantyBA (Paris IV-Sorbonne), Agr├ęgation (Philosophy) (Paris IV-Sorbonne), MPhil (Paris IV-Sorbonne), PhD (Paris IV-Sorbonne)
Department of Philosophy, Macquarie University

Jean-Philippe's research interests include social and political theory; German philosophy, especially Hegel and the Hegelian tradition; critical theory, especially the work of Axel Honneth; and phenomenology, especially Merleau-Ponty. He is currently collaborating (with Nick Smith) on a project on work and self-development.

Prof. Greg Downey

CAVE Member, Prof. Greg DowneyBA (Virginia), MA (Chicago), PhD (Chicago)
Department of Anthropology, Macquarie University

Greg Downey's research is in psychological and neuroanthropology, especially the study of perception, skill acquisition, and cognitive variation. He has written extensively on sport, phenomenology, gender, enculturation, and relationships between biology and culture in anthropology, and has conducted field research in Brazil, the US, and Australia.

Dr. Paul Formosa

Paul FormosaBSc. (Queensland), BA (Hons) (Queensland), PhD (Queensland)
Department of Philosophy, Macquarie University

Paul Formosa is engaged in research in moral and political philosophy. His particular research focuses are on Kant's moral and political philosophy, the concepts of autonomy, dignity, respect, and agency in moral philosophy, and moral and political evil.

Dr. Richard Heersmink

CAVE member Richard HeersminkBSc. (Saxion Hogeschool), M.A (Twente), PhD (Macquarie)
Department of Philosophy, Macquarie University

Richard's main research interest include: distributed cognition and technology; neuroethics; the cognitive enhancement debate; computer ethics.

Dr. Adam Hochman

CAVE Member Adam HochmanBSC (Macquarie), BA (Hons) (Sydney), PhD (Sydney)
Department of Philosophy, Macquarie Universit
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Adam's areas of interest include philosophy of science, philosophy of biology, philosophy of psychology (from psychoanalysis to evolutionary psychology), philosophy of language, and the history and philosophy of race. Adam is a Macquarie University Research Fellow, and he is currently working on his project What Is This Thing Called Race?

Dr. Katrina Hutchison

Katrina HutchisonBA (Hons) (ANU), PhD (ANU)
Department of Philosophy, Macquarie Universit
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Katrina Hutchison is a postdoctoral researcher at Macquarie University, where her research focus is on the ethics of innovative surgery and surgical research. Previously she completed a PhD on free will, and retains a research interest in issues of human agency and moral responsibility. She is also interested in questions about the goals of philosophy and the role of philosophy outside of academia.

Dr. Jane Johnson

Jane JohnsonBSc. (Hons) (Sydney), Dip. Arts (Hons) (Sydney), PhD (Sydney)
Academic Co-ordinator, Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Sydney,
Research Officer at VELiM, University of Sydney
Research Officer, Macquarie University

Jane is interested in applied ethics and interdisciplinary research. Her current research concerns the ethics of innovative surgery, and the ethical and epistemological implications of reconceptualizing the use of nonhuman animals in biomedical research, and understanding the values which underpin response to emerging infectious diseases.

Dr. Colin Klein

Colin KleinBA (Franklin and Marshall College), PhD (Princeton)
Department of Philosophy, Macquarie University

Colin's research focuses on empirically-informed philosophy of psychology. His current research includes discussions of ethical issues in pain management and methodological critiques of empirical work on moral reasoning. More broadly, he studies how cognitive neuroscience might constrain philosophical theories of mind.

Prof. Neil Levy

CAVE Member Neil LevyBA (Hons) (Monash), PhD (Monash), PhD (Monash) 
Department of Philosophy, Macquarie University

Neil Levy is deputy director of the Oxford Centre for Neuroethics. From 2010 to 2015, he was a Future Fellow based at the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, Melbourne. His most recent books include Hard Luck (Oxford University Press, 2011) and Consciousness and Moral Responsibility (Oxford University Press, 2014).

Dr. Mianna Lotz

Mianna LotzBA (Auckland), MA (Hons) (Auckland), PhD (Monash)
Department of Philosophy, Macquarie University

Mianna's research interests are primarily in the ethical issues emerging from cutting edge medico-scientific developments, including biotechnology and surgical innovation. Her research focuses on ethical questions in relation to reproduction/procreation, including Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART);  the rights and interests of parents and children; the moral foundations of the family; and the ethical and regulatory oversight of research on emerging technologies.

Dr. Therese MacDermott

CAVE Member, Therese MacDermottBA/LLB (Queensland), BCL (Oxford)
Macquarie Law School, Macquarie University

Therese MacDermott returned to an academic career at Macquarie Law School in 2009 after a number of years in private legal practice, an appointment as a part-time Tribunal member hearing discrimination cases, and undertaking legal consulting in the Pacific.  She was previously an academic at the Faculty of Law, University of Sydney from 1992 to 2001.  Therese's particular expertise lies in the intersection of labour law and anti-discrimination law, and in dispute resolution.

Dr. Michael Olson

Michael OlsonBA (Grinnell), MA (Villanova), PhD (Villanova)
Department of Philosopy, Macquarie University

Michael works on issues in early modern and contemporary European philosophy.  His current research focuses on questions regarding the Kant's conception of the self and the history of materialism and idealism in seventeenth- and eighteenth-century philosophy.

Dr. Kate Rossmanith

Kate RossmanithBA (Hons) (Sydney), PhD (Sydney)
Department of Media, Music, Communication, and Cultural Studies, Macquarie University

Kate is an academic and a nonfiction writer. Her research interests include socio-legal studies, performance studies and nonfiction writing. Her current ethnographic research explores presentations of remorse in the criminal justice system, investigating how judges and the parole board evaluate offenders' remorse, and how offenders experience and enact contrition. Kate is also examining the cultural afterlife of criminal evidence, studying the ethical, legal and creative implications of using criminal evidence in literary nonfiction writing and other art forms.

Dr. Elizabeth Schier

Elizabeth SchierBSc (New South Wales),BA (Hons) (New South Wales), PhD (Adelaide)
Department of Philosophy and Department of Cognitive Science, Macquarie University

My work lies at the intersection of Philosophy of Mind, Cognitive Science, Philosophy of Science and Metaphysics. I am particularly interested in: developing a psychological account of phenomenal colours; the hard problem of consciousness; the nature of intuitive knowledge in thought experiments and moral reasoning and; emergence as the best scientific metaphysics.

Dr. Robert Sinnerbrink

Robert SinnerbrinkBA (Hons) (Sydney), PhD (Sydney)
Department of Philosophy, Macquarie University

Robert Sinnerbrink researches in the areas of aesthetics, critical theory, Continental philosophy, and social philosophy. His current research is focussed on philosophical approaches to film and the relationship between aesthetics, ethics, and politics.

Prof. Nick Smith

Nick SmithBA (Newcastle) (UK), MA (York) (UK), PhD (Glasgow)
Department of Philosophy, Macquarie University

My main interest lies in debates in social philosophy concerned with the diagnosis of modern social pathologies. In part, this takes the form of critical engagements with figures such as Gadamer, Habermas, Rorty, Brandom and Taylor. As well as offering interpretations of these philosophers, I have sought to integrate their insights and to bring out their continuing relevance for social criticism. These investigations have also led me to an area of enquiry that could be called the hermeneutics of work: the interpretation of work as meaningful, self-formative activity. My general approach here has been to combine insights from contemporary theories of recognition (such as Honneth's) with social anthropologies of capitalism (such as Sennett's), but this whole area of research is still very much in its infancy and there is much more to be done.

Dr. Karola Stotz

CAVE Member Karola StotzMA (Mainz), PhD (Ghent)
Department of Philosophy, Macquarie University

Karola Stotz is senior lecturer and a Templeton World Charity Foundation Fellow at the department of philosophy at Macquarie University. She received her Masters in physical and cultural anthropology from the University of Mainz, Germany and her PhD in philosophy from the University of Ghent in Belgium. She has worked at the Konrad Lorenz Institute for Evolution and Cognition Research in Austria, the Unit for History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Sydney, the Department of HPS at the University of Pittsburgh and the Cognitive Science Program at Indiana University. In 2008 she was awarded a 5-year Australian Research Fellowship and discovery grant at the University of Sydney with the project "Postgenomic Perspectives on Human Nature". Stotz has published on philosophical issues in evolutionary, developmental and molecular biology, psychobiology and cognition. She focused particularly on the nature-nurture controversy, non-genetic inheritance and developmental niche construction, nonreductive and integrative explanatory strategies, and 4 E (embodied, embedded, enactive and extended) cognition. Together with Paul Griffiths she pioneered the use of 'experimental philosophy' methods in the field of philosophy of science. She is currently working in the Templeton World Charity Foundation project "Causal Foundations of Biological Information".

Prof. John Sutton

John SuttonBA (Hons) (Oxford), PhD (Sydney)
Department of Cognitive Science and Cognitive Science CORE, Macquarie University

I am a philosopher working in MACCS, the Macquarie Centre for Cognitive Science. I work mostly on the sciences and philosophy of memory, primarily in the philosophy of psychology but also in the history of science and in cognitive psychology, within a 'distributed cognition' framework which aims at integrating the cognitive and social sciences. My main current projects are on (1) perspective in remembering and imagining; (2) embodied skills and habits; and (3) collaborative cognition and social memory.

John was elected to the Australian Academy of Humanities in 2015.

Dr. Karolyn White

Karolyn WhiteBA (Macquarie), MA (Hons) (Macquarie), PhD (Sydney)
Director of Research Ethics, Macquarie University

I am interested in both clinical ethics and research ethics.  Clinical ethics: specifically how practitioners negotiate ethical issues; and how context may modify practitioners presumptive ethical obligations to patients. My PhD involved investigating ethical issues of health care professionals working in NSW Women's prisons.  Research ethics: specifically Human Research Ethics Committee's and ethics; and consent and research.

In Memoriam

Prof. Doris McIlwain

Doris McIlwainBA (Hons) (Otago), PhD (Sydney)
Department of Psychology, Macquarie University

Doris McIlwain researched the implications of the scope and intensity of a person's direct experience of emotions and reflective access to them for the development of both empathy and morality. She explored how direct and vicarious hot emotional processes contribute to to moral development via optimising i) the possibility of seeing others as thinking, feeling others who are centres of initiative in their own right and ii) prudential action arising from a compelling, personal vision of the future (via mental time travel).

Prof. Peter Menzies

Peter MenziesEmeritus Professor
BA (Hons) (ANU), M Phil (St. Andrews), PhD (Stanford)
Department of Philosopy, Macquarie Universit
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Peter Menzies was interested in philosophical debates about the causal theory of agency and in empirical findings which impinge on these debates, especially from neuroscience. He was also interested in the findings from developmental psychology and social psychology about the origins and structure of our concept of free will. He had longstanding interests in questions about the relevant levels of explanation of cognitive processes involved in agency.

Peter was elected as a fellow to the Australian Academy of Humanities in 2007.

Affiliates

Affiliate Members

Dr. Rachael Brown

CAVE Member Rachael BrownBSc. (Melbourne), BA (Hons) (Melbourne), PhD (ANU)
Department of Philosophy, Australian National University

I work primarily at the intersection of the philosophy of biology, philosophy of cognitive science, and philosophy of science. I am particularly interested in the evolution of cognition and behaviour; the relationship between evolutionary developmental biology and the Neo-Darwinian Synthesis; model-based reasoning in biology and philosophy; and methodological issues in the study of animal behaviour and cognition.

Dr. Cordelia Fine

Cordelia FineBA (Hons) (Oxford), MPhil (Cambridge), PhD (University College London)
ARC Future Fellow, Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences; Associate Professor at Melbourne Business School, University of Melbourne

My research interests lie in the social, ethical and philosophical implications of findings from social and cognitive psychology and neuroscience.

Dr. Margaret Meek Lange

Margaret Meek LangeB.S. (Hons) (Stanford University), M.A. (Stanford University), Ph.D. (Columbia University)

Margaret Meek Lange's research is on liberal political theory and its critics.  She is concerned to develop and defend conceptions of autonomy and of liberal institutions that can learn from and address feminist, communitarian, and environmentalist criticisms of liberalism. Right now she is working with Wendy Rogers and Catriona Mackenzie to articulate the interconnections among the concepts of human vulnerability, autonomy, and justice.

Dr. Wendy Lipworth

Wendy LipworthBSc(Med)(HonsI) MBBS (UNSW), MSc (Sydney), PhD (Sydney)
Centre for Values, Ethics and Law in Medicine, School of Public Health, University of Sydney

Wendy's research focuses primarily on the influences on drug development/clinical research, as well as the links between clinical research, rational prescribing, evidence-based medicine and the "Quality Use of Medicines" (QUM). Other research interests include the ethics of biomedical publishing and the ethics and law of biobanking (tissue banking) for research.

Dr. Allan McCay

CAVE affiliate member Allan McCayLLB (Hons) (Aberdeen), DLP (Edinburgh), G.Dip Comm (UTS), PhD (Sydney)

Allan's interests include criminal responsibility,  neuroscience and the criminal law, philosophy of the criminal law, and philosophy of punishment. He is also interested  in free will and moral responsibility. He has a particular interest in behavioural genetics and sentencing, and an interest in neurolaw more broadly.

Allan has also practiced as a solicitor in Scotland and Hong Kong.

Dr. Jonathan McGuire

CAVE Member Jonathan McGuireBPsych (Hons) (Macquarie), PhD (Macquarie)
Mental Health Commission of NSW

In my research I aim to understand the cognitive processes underlying moral cognition, with a view towards improving our understanding of moral disagreement and the mechanisms via which prosocial behaviour can be promoted. My research draws on the tools of cognitive science, experimental social psychology, experimental philosophy and cognitive neuropsychiatry to investigate social and moral cognition in schizophrenia and moral cognition in the general population.

Dr. Cynthia Townley

Cynthia TownleyBA (Tasmania), BA (Hons) (LaTrobe), PhD (Tasmania)

Cynthia Townley is interested in issues at the interface of epistemology and ethics, such as ignorance and trust, and in understanding ethics and knowledge in contemporary health care. She also wonders about the relationships between humans and other animals, in particular issues of friendship and hybrid plural subjects.

Dr. Nicole A. Vincent

Nicole VincentBA Hons (La Trobe), PhD (Adelaide)
Departments of Philosophy, Georgia State University and Technische Universiteit Delft

Nicole's main research interest is responsibility within the law, and in particular, how findings and technologies in the neurosciences affect legal responsibility. A related interest is in debates in political philosophy on the connection between responsibility and access to social welfare.

Dr. Mary Walker

CAVE Member, Mary WalkerBA (Hons) (Sydney), PhD (Macquarie)
Department of Philosophy and ARC Centre of Excellence for Electromaterials Science, Monash University

Mary's current research at Macquarie focuses on defining disease in relation to overdiagnosis. Her research interests include narrative and practical identity, neuroethics, and philosophical contributions to health and health policy, with a particular interest in drug policy.

Advisory

Advisory Board Members

Chair Prof. Colin Thomson Graduate School of Medicine, University of Wollongong; Houston Thomson Pty. Ltd
Deputy Chair Prof. Justin Oakley Director, Centre for Human Bioethics, Monash University
Ex Officio Prof. Catriona Mackenzie Director, Macquarie University Research Centre for Agency, Values, and Ethics
  Prof. Wayne Hall Director and Chair, Centre for Youth Substance Abuse, Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences, University of Queensland
  Ms. Kate Hannon Media and Communications Manager, Royal Flying Doctor Service (Central Operations, SA&NT)
  Ms. Julie Letts Manager, Implementation Support, Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care
 Prof. Denise MeredythPro Vice Chancellor: Education, Arts, and Social Sciences, University of South Australia
  Prof. Ngaire Naffine Professor of Law, University of Adelaide
  Prof. Julian Savulescu Director, Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, Oxford University
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HDR

Higher Degree Research (HDR) Students

Student Supervisors Research Topic
Lanei Alexander Wendy Rogers
Mianna Lotz
The role of obesity stigma in Bariatric Surgeons' Assessment of morbidly obese candidates for surgery
Tien Dat Bui Carlos Bernal-Pulido
Niloufer Selvadurai
The limitation of fair trial rights in dealing with minor offences: Implications for Vietnam from the experience of the United Kingdom
Leigh Dayton Wendy Rogers
Lisa Wynn
Katrina Hutchison
Australia's Quest for the Bionic Eye, and the Politics of Innovation
Alexander Gillett
Personal website.
Richard Menary Enculturated thinking - the transformative effect of mathematical symbols
Rodrigo Camarena Gonzalez Carlos Bernal Pulido A Theory of Constitutional Precedent for the Civil Law
Kelly Hamilton Catriona Mackenzie
Paul Formosa
Collective Emotions
William Hebblewhite Jean-Philippe Deranty
Robert Sinnerbrink
Contemporary Political Philosophy and the Paradox of Emancipation 
Hoda Mostafavi Richard Menary
Rachael Brown
Enculturated Cognition
Sacha Molitoritz Catriona Mackenzie
Paul Formosa
Morality Bytes: Threats to Privacy and Truth, Agency and Autonomy in a New Media World
Sarah Pini John Sutton  
Linda Rooney Robyn Langdon  
Anke Snoek Jeanette Kennett
Wendy Rogers
Addiction, moral identity and moral agency: Integrating theoretical and empirical approaches
Rebacca Tock Wendy Rogers
Jane Johnson
Unpacking autonomy in the medical encounter

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