• 11 Aug 2014 1:19 PM | Anonymous

    The 2014 Alan Saunders Memorial Lecture, delivered by Professor Philip Pettit at the National Gallery of Australia last month, will be broadcast on ABC's Big Ideas TV show on Friday 15th August at 11am.

    See the following link at the ABC for more information:

    You cal also watch the full video here:

    For more information about the lecture see:

  • 10 Jul 2014 12:54 PM | Anonymous

    The following prize winners were announced during the 2014 AAP Conference:

    Dr Patrick Stokes, Deakin University, was awarded the 2014 AAP Media Prize for several articles: “Burying Thatcher: why celebrating death is still wrong” (The Conversation, 17th April 2013); “Do you really exist online” (New Philosopher, 2013, Issue 2); and “Just who do you think you are? The splendid mess of personal identity” (New Philosopher, 2013, Issue 1). more>>

    Antonia Case, literary editor and journalist at New Philosopher, was awarded the AAP Media Professionals' Award. more>>

    Michelle Sowey, Director at The Philosophy Club, was awarded the inaugural AAP Prize for Innovation in Inclusive Curricula, for The Big Questions Philosophy Mentoring Program. more>>

    Dr Alex Barber, the Open University, was awarded the AJP Best Paper Award (Volume 91) for his paper, ‘Science's Immunity to Moral Refutation’, Australasian Journal of Philosophy, 2013, Vol. 91, Issue 4, pp. 633–53. more>>

  • 09 Jul 2014 6:06 PM | Anonymous

    First of a three-part series featuring in-depth interviews with philosophers who have left academia >>

    Philosophers who work outside academia (URL)

  • 15 Jun 2014 3:15 PM | Anonymous

    The AAP Postgraduate Steering Committee (PGSC) is now welcoming proposals
    from postgraduates from any institution in Australia, New Zealand, and
    Singapore with postgraduate philosophy programmes to organize and host the
    next Australasian Philosophy Postgraduate Conference (APPC).

    The APPC provides the opportunity for postgraduate students from
    Australasia to present their work, debate their ideas, receive feedback
    from peers and form collaborations across institutions. For over two
    decades, APPCs have included discussions with other graduates, meetings
    with successful philosophers, career seminars and/or publishing workshops
    (e.g. with the editor of the Australasian Journal of Philosophy). Recent
    conferences have been held in Auckland, Melbourne and Sydney.

    A successful bid will likely contain a budget with an indication of
    expected fund sources, a conference planning timeline and brief details of
    local facilities (including accommodation options). Bidders are encouraged
    to be realistic and creative with their bids. Our comprehensive APPC
    Hosting Guide can be sent upon request, and we are
    happy to assist organisers with any further questions that they might have.

    If you are interested in submitting a Bid, or would like any further
    information about hosting an APPC, please contact Tessa Jones

    Kind regards,

    Tessa Jones
    Proposal Support Officer - Monash Research Office
    PhD Candidate - School of Philosophical, Historical and International
    Monash University

  • 05 Jun 2014 2:10 PM | Anonymous

    Max Charlesworth (1925-2014), AO, FAHA, was one of the great figures in Australasian philosophy. Areas in which he worked included: philosophy of religion, bioethics, European philosophy, social studies in science, studies of indigenous Australian religions, and political philosophy (with a particular focus on relations between church and state, and the activities and organisation of the Catholic Church).

    Max obtained a BA (Hons) (1946) and an MA (1949) from the University of Melbourne, and a PhD (1955) from the University of Louvain. He was Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Auckland (1956-1958); Lecturer (1959-1961), Senior Lecturer (1962-67) and Reader (1968-1974) in Philosophy at the University of Melbourne; and Planning Dean of Humanities (1975-1980) and Professor of Philosophy (1980-1990) at Deakin University. From 1990, he was Emeritus Professor of Philosophy at Deakin. He held various visiting appointments in the course of his career, including at the University of Notre Dame (1968-9) and the University of Louvain (1972).

    Max was the founder of Sophia, and its co-editor from 1962-1990; he was also founder and co-editor of The Catholic Worker. His major books include: Philosophy and Linguistic Analysis (1959); St. Anselm’s Proslogion (1965); Life among the Scientists (1989); Life, Death, Genes and Ethics (1989); Bioethics in a Liberal Society (1993); Religious Business (1998); and Philosophy and Religion (2002).

    Positions of responsibility that Max held included: membership of the Charles Strong Trust (1975-2014); Chairperson of the Advisory Committee of the Centre for Human Bioethics (1987-1990); member of the Victorian Government Standing Review and Advisory Committee on Infertility (1985-2014), and member of the National Bioethics Consultation Committee (1988-1990)

    A fuller account of Max’s life from which all of the above has been cribbed may be found at:

    **The AAP hopes that this page can be used to collate and share thoughts about Professor Max Charlesworth. If you leave a post, make sure you add your name at the end, and your email, if you wish.

  • 16 May 2014 5:30 PM | Anonymous

    The philosophical community will be saddened to learn that David Malet Armstrong died on the 13th of May after a long illness: two months shy of his 88 thbirthday. DMA or Armo, as he was affectionately known, is the most important philosopher that Australia has produced. Such has been his impact that he not only made major contributions to the philosophy of mind, epistemology and metaphysics, he also played a significant role in laying out the terrain and setting the agenda in those fields. As one reviewer put it when summing up Armstrong’s book What is a Law of Nature?, ‘all future work ... starts here’.

    The Australasian Association of Philosophy expresses its sadness at David Armstrong’s death, and offers its condolences to his wife Jenny and her children and his sister Suzanne.

    The University of Sydney will host a Memorial for David Armstrong in the Great Hall at 2.00pm on Wednesday 16 July.


    The AAP hopes that this page can be used to collate and share thoughts about Professor DM Armstrong. If you leave a post, make sure you add your name at the end, and your email, if you wish.
  • 03 Apr 2014 8:26 AM | Anonymous
    The 2014 Australasian Association of Philosophy (AAP) Conference is being hosted by the Australian National University. It will be held in sunny Canberra, July 6th-11th. Registration for the conference is now open!

    The keynote speakers for this year's conference are:

    Catriona MacKenzie (Macquarie University) undefined AAP Presidential Address
    Cecile Fabre (Oxford University)
    John Hawthorne (Oxford University)
    Christian List (London School of Economics)
    Philip Pettit (Princeton University and ANU)undefinedAlan Saunders Memorial Lecturer.

    To register or submit an abstract (max. 200 words), visit the conference website at:

    Papers in all areas of philosophy are welcome. Alongside the regular sessions, there will be the following streams:

    Philosophy, Politics and Economics:  In Celebration of Geoffrey Brennan (Co-ordinator:  Nic Southwood)
    The Ethics of Force:  War, Self defence, and other cases  (Co-ordinator: Seth Lazar)
    Advances in Philosophy of the Cognitive Sciences and Psychology  (Co-ordinator:  Glenn Carruthers)
    Teaching Philosophy (Co-ordinator:  Philip Cam)
    Continental Philosophy (Co-ordinator:  Joanne Faulkner)
    The Philosophy of Frank Jackson and Michael Devitt (Co-ordinator:  Kim Sterelny)

    These streams are open to all conference delegates.

    For more information please go to  The cut off date for submission of abstracts and for early bird registration prices is 1 May 2014.

    Please direct any enquiries to<>

    AAP 2014 Organizing Committee
    Daniel Stoljar (ANU)
  • 21 Feb 2014 10:14 AM | Anonymous

    The second phase of the ARC’s Public Consultation on its draft documents for ERA 2015 has opened. This emil invites submissions on the Draft ERA 2015 Journal and Conference Lists, available through the ERA 2015 consultation website.

    AAP members are invited to send any contribution they wish to make towards an AAP submission to Eliza Goddard (, by 3 March 2014.

  • 20 Feb 2014 1:15 PM | Anonymous
    Registrations are now open for the 2014 AAP conference, to be hosted by the Australian National University. The Conference will commence on Sunday 6 July with an address by the AAP President and a welcome reception.  For more information please go to  The cut off date for submission of abstracts and for early bird registration prices is 1 May 2014.

    Please direct any enquiries to
  • 19 Feb 2014 10:41 AM | Anonymous
    The 2014 Australasian Postgraduate Philosophy Conference will be held at Sydney University on the 22nd to the 24th of April. Registration for this year's APPC is now open.

    Registration is free. All attendees (presenting and non-presenting) must register in advance through the online form provided on the conference website:

    Limited funding is available to assist presenters travelling from Singapore, New Zealand, and Australian states and territories other than New South Wales.

    Keynote Speakers:
    Professor Raimond Gaita
    Dr. Catherine Legg

    Professor Stephen Hetherington, the editor of the Australasian Journal of Philosophy, will run a workshop on publishing.

    To share all this information and more here is the conference flyer:

    If you have any questions or concerns, email the conference organisers:
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