• 04 Dec 2012 1:17 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    We are now welcoming all proposals by postgraduates to organize and host the 2012 Australasian Philosophy Postgraduate Conference (APPC)

    The APPC provides the opportunity for postgraduate students studying all over Australasia to present their work, debate their ideas, and meet others around our region.

    For over two decades, we have sought to provide postgraduate attendees with programming suited to their needs, including public forums, discussions with graduates, philosophy 'superstars', and a publishing workshop with the editor of the Australasian Journal of Philosophy. Recent conferences have been in Christchurch, Sydney, Auckland and Melbourne, and we definitely welcome bids from anywhere in New Zealand, Australia and Singapore that teaches postgraduate Philosophy.

    Our comprehensive guide to hosting the APPC can be sent upon request, and we are happy to assist organisers with any further questions that they might have.

    Bids close on January 15th, with the successful bidder notified by January 30th.

    Successful bids will likely contain a budget, brief details of local facilities and local accommodation, and a conference planning timeline. Further details concerning bid evaluation criteria are available upon request. Bidders are encouraged to be both realistic and creative with their bids!

    If you are interested in hosting the 2013 conference, or would like further information, then please contact Tad Davis at

    For any general comments about the PGSC please contact the new Postgraduate Committee Chair, Paul Daniels at
  • 08 Oct 2012 12:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The philosophical community will be saddened to hear that Jack Smart died on Saturday (October 6). He was a figure of huge influence over many years in Australasian philosophy, and indeed in philosophy world-wide. In addition, Professor Smart's constant curiosity about, and interest in all manner of scientific and philosophical matters, and his open, cheerful and friendly disposition, made him much liked by all those who were fortunate enough to know him personally.

    There will be a full obituary published in a forthcoming issue of the Australasian Journal of Philosophy.

    The Australasian Association of Philosophy expresses its sadness at Professor Smart's death, and offers its condolences to his wife, Elizabeth and his family.

    Photo: Steven Morton

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

  • 06 Aug 2012 6:45 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Victoria University of Wellington will host the annual New Zealand AAP conference later this year. The conference will run from the evening of Sunday December 2 until the afternoon of Thursday December 6.   Details of the conference can be found on the following webpage:

    Registration is now open and delegates are encouraged to give a paper. Abstracts must be received no later than November 13 (and preferaly by November 1). If you would like further details on the conference, please email Anton Killin at the following address: Anton.Killin [at]
  • 02 Aug 2012 7:24 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    The National Philosothon was held on 13 and 14th July, on the Gold Coast on. The AAP sponsored two prizes - AAP Prize for the Most Promising Female Philosopher and the AAP Prize for the Most Promising Male Philosopher. For more information, including pictures, visit the Philosothon site here>>

  • 24 Jul 2012 3:11 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    The Council of the AAP seeks expression of interest from Australasia-based individuals or groups who may wish to take on the editorship of the Australasian Journal of Philosophy.

    The AJP is a very highly regarded journal, generally ranked well in the top ten non-specialised philosophy journals in the world. We seek a new editor or editorial team who will maintain the Journal's position. The present editor, Professor Stewart Candlish, will retire from the position at the end of 2013. The new editor should be decided and in place by mid 2013, so that there can be a period of overlap.

    Interested parties, who may be individuals, groups, or possibly whole departments, should contact the Secretary of the Association, Tim Oakley, who will see that immediate questions are answered, and who will provide details about the journal, the workload that an editor may expect, and information on the support, both financial and non-financial, available to the editorial office. We request such expressions be made by September 14, 2012. Shortly after this time, it is expected that those who have expressed interest will be asked to submit further, more detailed submissions, and further negotiations will take place.

    The Association reserves the right not to appoint any applicant, and also to pursue its own searches and headhunting activities independently of the above procedures.
  • 19 Jul 2012 11:00 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    QS World University Rankings by subject 2012 show that in the top 100 universities for philosophy, there are:
    • 40 from North America,
    • 38 from Europe (inc. UK),
    • 10 from Australasia,
    • 8 from Asia (mostly China),
    • 3 from Central/South America, and
    • 1 from the Middle East.
  • 12 Jul 2012 1:39 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    At the AGM, held on Wednesday 4th July, Professor Garrett Cullity, University of Adelaide, was elected President of the Association in 2012-13. Dr Patrick McGivern, University of Wollongong was acted Conference Liaison Officer, Dr Ben Blumson, National University of Singapore, was elected Singapore Representative,  and Dr Catherine W Legg, Waikato University, was elected as an Ordinary Member. more information on members of Council 2012-3 more>>
  • 12 Jul 2012 1:37 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Dr Paul Biegler from the Centre for Human Bioethics, Monash University was awarded the AAP Media Prize for his timely discussion of climate change scepticism in a widely read article in the Sydney Morning Herald (20/12/11) and for an interview on Life Matters on Radio National (7/9/11) that explored the ethical treatment of depression. more>>

    Josh Parsons, then of the University of Otago, now of Corpus Christi College, Oxford, was awarded the AJP Best Paper Award (Volume 89) for his paper, ‘Assessment-contextual indexicals’, Australasian Journal of Philosophy, 2011, Vol. 89, Issue 1, pp. 1–17. more>>

  • 30 May 2012 6:27 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    This is the last reminder that the earlybird deadline for registering for the 2012 Australasian Association of Philosophy conference at the University of Wollongong is June 1st. After June 1st, registration rates will increase considerably.

    All abstracts received by June 1st will be considered for the conference program. After June 1st, we will only consider a limited number of further contributions. After June 8th, no further contributions will be considered.

    Postgraduate students who wish to apply for a travel subsidy should notify the organizers by June 1st. Eligibility conditions are described on the conference website.

    To register, and to see a list of all abstracts that have currently been approved, visit the conference site at:

    Papers in all areas of philosophy are welcome.

    The dates for the conference are July 1st - 6th.


    Prof. Rebecca Kukla (Georgetown): "Performative force, Convention, and Discursive injustice"

    Prof. Galen Strawson (Reading): "Real Naturalism"

    Prof. Robert Wilson (Alberta): "Of Enthusiasm, Philosophers, and Folk Experience"

    Prof. Peter Anstey (Otago), AAP Presidential Address: "Locke on the Nature of Mind"

    The conference will include a variety of special sessions:

    Tracking, Cognition, and Knowledge
    Women in Philosophy: What Needs to Change?
    Philosophy and Film
    De-Mystifying the ARC
    New Work in Philosophy of Biology
    The Evolved Apprentice
    Graduate Career Workshop

    All delegates are also welcome to contribute to the special streams within the conference:

    Global Ethics
    Philosophy of Biology
    Philosophy in Schools
    The Ethics and Epistemology of Surveillance
    Causal Mechanisms and Levels of Explanation

    The Philosophy in Schools stream is being run conjointly with the annual conference of the Federation of Australasian Philosophy in Schools Associations. AAP delegates are welcome to attend all FAPSA sessions.

    In addition to the conference dinner and opening night reception, there will be a special celebration of the 90th anniversary of the Australasian Journal of Philosophy, sponsored by Routledge and Taylor and Francis.

    For more information, visit the conference website or contact the organizers at:

    AAP 2012 Organizing Committee
    University of Wollongong

    p: +61 2 4221 5676
    f: +61 2 4221 5341

  • 23 Mar 2012 2:48 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    This conference, to be held at the University of Melbourne on Saturday 2 June 2012, will have a dual focus on:
    (a) facilitating thoughtful dialogue in primary school classrooms – as modeled, for example, by the practice of ‘Philosophy for Children’; and
    (b) overcoming educational disadvantage.

    It will be a full day event organised by the University of Melbourne in partnership with FAPSA (the Federation of Australasian Philosophy in Schools Associations).

    For information visit the FAPSA site here:
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