Established in 1853, the Philosophy program has fostered generations of outstanding students and researchers.
Many of our brightest students have gone on to have a major international impact on philosophy, including David Armstrong, Frank Jackson, Mark Johnston, Kate Manne and Peter Singer. Others have gone on to distinguish themselves in the arts, government and other areas of public life.
Our research strengths, ranging from ethical and political philosophy to philosophy of language and logic, have been recognised as among the best in the world. Our research is supported in part by the Barry Taylor and David Lewis Philosophy Fund, which commemorates the strong friendship of the influential metaphysician and distinguished philosopher.
We offer undergraduate and graduate research degrees, including, Honours Masters and PhD, to give students at every level the opportunity to advance their expertise in this vibrant discipline.
Explore our research
The Philosophy program is internationally renowned for research strengths in logic, metaphysics and philosophy of language; ethics, moral psychology and metaethics; and applied ethics and political philosophy.
Gender Diversity Narratives in the Australian Context
Do Australians think workplace gender diversity is important? In this project, Philosophy academics Professor Cordelia Fine and Dr Holly Lawford-Smith join an interdisciplinary team to explore reasons offered across a corpus of articles published in the Australian print media in the 25-year period between 1995-2020.
Constructing Social Hierarchy
In this ARC-funded project, a team of Philosophy academics aim to integrate recent developments in the philosophy of mind, language, emotion, and action to better understand how social hierarchies are created and maintained and how they can be disrupted.
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Philosophy involves the critical examination of big questions – foundational questions – about the nature of the world and our place in it. Follow your curiosity and advance your knowledge in Philosophy with our undergraduate and graduate programs. Find out more about our:
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Delve into our student profiles, research articles, academic interviews, news, events and more.
Each year we see our students achieve remarkable feats, and this year – despite being unusual due to a global pandemic that leaves us working and …
Academic philosophy faces numerous challenges in the current climate. One of its ongoing problems is the systemic barriers in place in the discipline for minority students. …
A monthly round-up of media commentary, publications and projects, and other news from across the School community.
This month’s digest of SHAPS research in the media offers a rich selection across a range of topics and genres, from podcasts on Bronze Age pandemics, …
The publication of a new book is an occasion that should rightly be celebrated with colleagues and friends. Since we can’t gather in person to launch …
Martin Kovacic, ‘The Buddhist Ethics of Killing: Metaphysics, Phenomenology, Ethics’ (PhD in Philosophy, 2020) Significant media interest and academic scholarship has in recent years brought attention …
This episode of our podcast, Disaster & Change, is intended to help us think through our current situation during the global coronavirus pandemic. The focus is …
In 2019 Associate Professor Howard Sankey was elected to the Académie Internationale de Philosophie des Sciences (AIPS) in Brussels. This election marks his recognition as one …
Meet our Philosophy staff
Our academics are leading teachers, researchers and dedicated teachers.
Senior Lecturer in Political Philosophy; Philosophy Discipline Chair
Head of School; Professor in Philosophy
Assoc. Professor of Philosophy; Masters Coursework coordinator
Senior Lecturer in Philosophy
Senior Lecturer in Contemporary European Philosophy; Honours and Graduate Diploma (Advanced) coordinator
Seymour Reader of Ancient History and Philosophy
Associate Professor in Philosophy
Senior Lecturer in Political Philosophy
Professor of Philosophy
Associate Professor of Philosophy
Senior Lecturer; Undergraduate coordinator (Philosophy discipline)
Senior Lecturer; Graduate studies coordinator (Philosophy)
Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Philosophy
Senior Lecturer in Philosophy
Banner image: Ian North b. 1945
The World is All that is Not the Case (detail), 2006
Synthetic polymer and pigment ink on canvas
Canvas 140.0 x 405.0 cm
The University of Melbourne Art Collection. Commissioned by the Department of Philosophy, 2006.