Department of Philosophy

Jeanette Kennett

Jeanette KennettBA(Hons) Monash, PhD Monash

Jeanette joined Macquarie in 2009 as a CoRE joint appointment between the Philosophy Department and the Macquarie Centre for Cognitive Science.  After completing her PhD in 1994 she spent a further ten years in the Philosophy Department at Monash as Lecturer/Senior Lecturer.  From 2004 - 2008 she was Principal Research Fellow in The Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics at the Australian National University and also at Charles Sturt University (2008-9).

Selected Publications

  • Agency and Responsibility: A Common-Sense Moral Psychology, Oxford: Clarendon Press. 2001 *Reissued in paperback 2003
Edited Collections
  • Jessica Wolfendale and Jeanette Kennett (eds) (2011) Fashion: Thinking with Style. Wiley Blackwell Philosophy for Everyone series.
  • Guest Editor: Science and Normative Authority: Special Issue of Philosophical Explorations (2011)
Book Chapters
  • Addiction, Choice and Disease: How Voluntary is Voluntary Action in Addiction' in Nicole Vincent (ed) Neuroscience and Legal Responsibility New York: Oxford University Press 2013
  • Living with one's choices: Moral judgment in vivo  Catriona Mackenzie and Robyn Langdon (eds) Emotions, Imagination and Moral Reasoning.  Macquarie Monographs in Cognitive Science: Psychology Press 2012
  • Kennett J (2010) 'Reasons, Emotion and the Psychopath'  Luca Malatesti and John McMllan (eds)  Responsibility and Psychopathy: Interfacing Law, Psychiatry and Philosophy (International Perspectives in Philosophy and Psychiatry series) Oxford University Press 243-259
  • 'Living with one's choices: Moral judgment in vivo' (2011) Catriona Mackenzie and Robyn Langdon (eds) Emotions, Imagination and Moral Reasoning.  Macquarie Monographs in Cognitive Science: Psychology Press
  • 'Just say no? Addiction and the elements of self-control' forthcoming in Neil Levy (ed)  Addiction and Self -Control Oxford University Press
  • Mental Time Travel, Agency and Responsibility (with Steve Matthews) in Matthew Broome and Lisa Bortolotti (eds)  Psychiatry as Cognitive Neuroscience: Philosophical Perspectives  Oxford University Press
  • Internalism and the evidence from psychopathy and acquired sociopathy  (with Cordelia Fine)  in Moral Psychology Volume 3: The Neuroscience of Morality: Emotion, Disease, and Development Edited by Walter Sinnott-Armstrong (Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2008)
  • Could there be an empirical test of internalism?  (with Cordelia Fine,) in Moral Psychology Volume 3: The Neuroscience of Morality: Emotion, Disease, and Development  Edited by Walter Sinnott-Armstrong (Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2008)
  • Reasons, Reverence and Value, in Moral Psychology Volume 3: The Neuroscience of Morality: Emotion, Disease, and Development Edited by Walter Sinnott-Armstrong (Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 2008)
  • Normative Agency (with Steve Matthews) in Kim Atkins and Catriona MacKenzie (eds) Practical Identity and Narrative Agency (Routledge, New York. 2008)
  • Mental Disorder, Moral Agency and the Self, in Bonnie Steinbok (ed) The Oxford Handbook of Bioethics (Oxford University Press 2007)
  • The Moral Goal of Treatment in Cases of Dual Diagnosis (with Steve Matthews),  in John Kleinig and Stanley Einstein (eds.) Intervening in Drug Use: Ethical Challenges. (Huntsville, TX: Office of International Criminal Justice (OICJ) Press2006)
  • Friendship and Role Morality (with Dean Cocking)  in C.L Ten, Sor hoon Tan and Kim-chong Chong (eds)  The Moral Circle and the Self: Chinese and Western Perspectives  (Chicago: Open Court  2003)
  • Philosophy and Commonsense: The Case of Weakness of Will, (with Michael Smith) in Michaelis Michael and John O'Leary Hawthorne (eds) Philosophy in Mind: The Place of Philosophy in the Study of Mind (Boston: Kluwer Academic Publishers 1994).  *Reprinted in Michael Smith Ethics and the A Priori: Selected Essays on Moral Psychology and Meta-Ethics Cambridge University Press 2004.

Journal Articles

  • Explaining addiction: How far does the reward account of motivation take us? (with Doug McConnell)  Inquiry  2013.
  • Truth, Lies and the Narrative Self (with Steve Matthews) American Philosophical Quarterly (2012)  49, 4 301-316
  • 'Imagining Reasons' Southern Journal of Philosophy Spindel Supplement Volume 29  Empathy & Ethics (2011)
  • Introduction "Science and Normative Authority" Philosophical Explorations Vol 14.: 3: 2011 229-235
  • 'Imagining Reasons'  Southern Journal of Philosophy Spindel Supplement Volume 29  Empathy & Ethics (2011)
  • "Neurosentimentalism and Moral Agency" ( 2010) with Philip Gerrans Mind  doi: 10.1093/mind/fzq037
  • 'Drugs and Disordered choices' Review article on Addiction: A disorder of choice by Gene Heyman Harvard University Press in Australian Review of Public Affairs August 2010
  • 'Roles, Rules and Rawls: Commentary on:  The Counsel of Rogues'  The Australian Journal of Legal Philosophy
  • Truth, Lies, and the Narrative Self (with Steve Matthews) American Philosophical Quarterly (accepted September 2011)
  • Would the real moral judgment please stand up? The implications of social intuitionist models of cognition for meta-ethics and moral psychology (with Cordelia Fine) Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 2009  12:77-96
  • True and Proper Selves: Velleman on Love  Ethics  Vol 118,213-227
  • What's the Buzz? Undercover Marketing and the Corruption of Friendship, (with Steve Matthews) Journal of Applied Philosophy (2008)
  • Do psychopaths really threaten moral rationalism? Philosophical Explorations (2006)Vol. 9, 69-82
  • Is cognitive penetrability the mark of the moral? (with Philip Gerrans) Philosophical Explorations (2006) Vol. 9, 3-12
  • Mental Impairment, Moral Understanding and Mitigation: Psychopathy and the Purposes of Punishment (with Cordelia Fine)  The International Journal of Law and Psychiatry (2004) 27,5.
  • The Unity and Disunity of Agency (with Steve Matthews) Philosophy, Psychiatry, Psychology (2003)
  • Delusion, Dissociation and Identity (with Steve Matthews)  Philosophical Explorations,  (2003) VI, 31-49.
  • Autism, Empathy and Moral Agency, The Philosophical Quarterly (2002)52, 208, 340-357.
  • Identity, Control and Responsibility: the Case of Dissociative Identity Disorder,  (with Steve Matthews) Philosophical Psychology, (2002) 15, 509-526.
  • Friendship and Moral Danger (with Dean Cocking) Journal of Philosophy (2000)XCVII: 278-296.
  • Friendship and the Self, (with Dean Cocking) Ethics (1998) 108: 502-527.
  • Synchronic Self-Control is Always Non-actional (with Michael Smith) Analysis (1997) 57: 123-131.
  • Frog and Toad Lose Control,  (with Michael Smith) Analysis (1996)56:63-72 * Reprinted in Michael Smith Ethics and the A Priori: Selected Essays on Moral Psychology and Meta-Ethics Cambridge University Press 2004.
  • Mixed Motives, Australasian Journal of Philosophy 71: 256-69.
  • Decision Theory and Weakness of Will Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 72: 113-30

Current research

Jeanette's current research focus is on the contribution the sciences can make to our understanding of the cognitive and affective underpinnings of moral reasoning, moral judgment, and moral agency, and the implications for meta-ethics and moral psychology.  She is also revisiting the issue of self-control and responsibility, with a focus on addiction, in the light of recent empirical work.

Current Research Grants
  • 2010-2012 ARC Discovery Project Addiction, moral identity and moral agency: integrating theoretical and empirical approaches Jeanette Kennett, Craig Fry, Steve Matthews.
  • 2010-2012 ARC Discovery Project Implicit persuasion in pharmaceutical marketing: ethical implications for regulators and consumers Paul Beigler, Jeanette Kennett, Justin Oakley.
Recent Grants
  • 2007-2009 ARC Discovery Project. Neuroethics: The practical and the philosophical. Neil Levy and Jeanette Kennett.
  • 2004-7 ARC Discovery Project 'The Structure of Moral Reasoning: Hume, Kant and the Evidence from Psychopathology and Neuroscience. Jeanette Kennett and Philip Gerrans.
  • 2004-5 ARC Discovery Project 'The Normative Value of Unified Agency'  Steve Matthews and Jeanette Kennett.

Contact details

Location: Building W6A Room 736
Phone: (61 2) 9850 1047
Fax: (61 2) 9850 8892
Office hours: to be advised

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