• 07 Jul 2016 12:59 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Congratulations to Boris Hennig - Winner of the 2016 AJP Best Paper Award.

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    Congratulations to Scott Stephens and Waleed Aly - Winners of the 2016 AAP Media Professionals' Award.

  • 07 Jul 2016 12:48 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Congratulations to Dr Matthew Beard - Winner of the 2016 AAP Media Prize.

  • 07 Jul 2016 12:11 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Congratulations to Dr Ruth Boeker Winner of the 2016 Prize for Innovation in Inclusive Curricula.

  • 07 Jul 2016 11:48 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Congratulations to Monima Chadha - winner of the 2016 Annette Baier Prize.

  • 03 Jun 2016 4:35 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The AAP is pleased to announce the shortlist for the 2016 AAP Postgraduate Presentation Prize  more>>

  • 25 May 2016 9:01 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The AAP is pleased to announce the shortlist for the Annette Baier Prize in 2016. more>>

  • 19 May 2016 6:01 PM | Anonymous member

    Mary McCloskey, a long time member of the Philosophy Department at Melbourne University, died on the 11th of May of this year.

     Mary began her career in philosophy as a student at Melbourne University where she was inspired by Douglas Gasking to become a philosopher. She was hired as tutor by the Department in 1948. After marrying H.J. (John) McCloskey she moved with him to Western Australia where he took up an appointment at the University of Western Australia. Not able to get a job as a philosopher she taught for several years in a secondary school for girls. The McCloskeys returned to the Melbourne University Philosophy Department in 1955 and Mary worked as a tutor, senior tutor, and lecturer. She was promoted to a senior lectureship in 1965 and retired in 1988.

     Mary’s areas of expertise were Kant’s philosophy and aesthetics. She wrote articles on both and a book on Kant’s aesthetics. Mary’s interest in aesthetics had a practical side. She enjoyed sketching and painting with water colours and continued to do so up to the time of her final illness. She had a great interest in textiles and believed that aesthetics had not paid sufficient attention to the sensation of touch.

     Mary grew up in Echuca during the Depression. Her family was poor, her father was often unemployed and the family was constantly on the move. She later suspected that they often had to move because her father could not afford to pay the rent. She and her mother finally settled down near Melbourne so that she could get a proper secondary education. A teacher in her last year at school inspired her to take an interest in philosophy.

     Mary was one of the few women employed in philosophy in the 50s and 60s and she inspired, mentored and supported many women students during her career. She continued to do so after her retirement and the dinners she hosted for women in philosophy at University House are fondly remembered by participants. 

  • 19 May 2016 9:58 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    *Announcing the Australasian Postgraduate Philosophy Conference 2016.*

    *Venue: *Australian National University, Canberra.

    *Date: *Saturday 24th September - Monday 26th September (with a plenary
    address and welcoming drinks Friday 23rd).

    *What: *This annual conference run in conjunction with the Australasian
    Association of Philosophy provides an opportunity for graduate students to
    present work to their peers and gain valuable conference experience. This
    year the conference is being organised by the ANU School of Philosophy.

    *Details: *Submissions for talks, workshops and poster presentations will
    open soon. General registrations will open later in the year. More details
    to follow shortly.

    All enquiries can be directed to
    Temporary website at:

  • 01 Mar 2016 6:13 PM | Anonymous member

    Len O’Neill, a member of the Melbourne University Philosophy Department (as it then was) from 1966 to 1996, died on February the 18th this year. 

    Len completed his undergraduate and masters degrees at Melbourne University, before gaining a doctorate at Cambridge in the mid-1960s. He returned to Australia to take up a lectureship at Melbourne University, where he remained for his entire professional life. His masters and doctoral work was in philosophy of logic and epistemology. While these interests persisted throughout his career, and were the subject matter of his publications, he also worked extensively in the theory of punishment, and the philosophies of Buddhism, and anarchism. He completed a second PhD, and during his retirement was well into a third, left uncompleted at the time of his death.  

     Len particularly admired Douglas Gasking, one of his teachers and his MA supervisor at Melbourne, and attempted – with considerable success – to emulate the clarity and rigour with which Gasking approached philosophical issues. He initiated and co-edited the posthumous publication of a collection of Gasking’s papers (Language, Logic and Causation: Philosophical Writings of Douglas Gasking, M.U.P. 1996). Following Gasking’s physical incapacitation by a stroke, Len visited him regularly, and they engaged in continuing philosophical discussion, especially on the work of Charles Sanders Peirce, a philosopher they both held in very high esteem. Len’s regard for Gasking was further demonstrated by his organising, in 2011, a celebration of the centenary of Gasking’s birth. This was attended by a large number of people who shared Len’s admiration and affection for their former teacher and colleague.  

     Len drew a similar admiration and friendship from very many students over the years. They enjoyed the quality of his lectures, but also liked Len for his patience and generosity, to say nothing of their delight in his unconventional style and non-conformist behaviour. No one else in the Arts Faculty dressed, or wore a hat, with quite the elegance Len managed. Few rode such a frighteningly potent BMW motorcycle. Few furnished their room in the Old Arts Building as elaborately.

     Len will be missed by all who knew him.  He is survived by his wife, Jacqui, who he married in 1965, and by his son, Lawrence. 

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