• 17 Sep 2015 2:39 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Obituary: Graeme Donald Marshall

    [30-4-1934 – 7-1-2015]

    Graeme Marshall was for many years Reader in Philosophy at the University of Melbourne. He was born in 1934 at Hamilton, New Zealand. His first degree was an MA from the – now extinct – University of New Zealand – which he attended Victoria University College, Wellington. He moved to Melbourne where he completed his PhD. Graeme Marshall’s father was a minister of the Presbyterian Church, and Graeme was for a time reading for Holy Orders in that denomination: he described himself as a ‘Scotto Catholic’. The first Professor of Philosophy at VUC, appointed in the mid 1950s, was the Rev’d G.E. Hughes, an Anglo Catholic. I, a Roman Catholic, had just been appointed Junior Lecturer in Philosophy (1954) and G.D.M. attended my lectures on Baby Logic and Russelian Logic in 1954, without – as far as I know – complaint. Despite his immersion in a religious soup at VUC, Marshall became a non-believer, a Humeian Sceptic. In the conduct of his life Graeme Marshall was a polished stoic – especially when he succumbed to throat cancer, which he survived for many years.

    Graeme Marshall married three times to Brenda, Eva and Yasmin; and his children Adrian, Holly and Sam, and grandchildren Milo, Jude, Toby and Thai, survive him.

    Marshall’s philosophical acumen was widely respected, and he attended seminars at St. Edmund Hall in the University of Oxford. His contributions to the topic of ‘weakness of will’ – (in which he did not believe) are acknowledged by the Hall’s Principal (1982-1996), Justin Gosling, in his book Weakness of the Will (1990). Marshall wore the Teddy Hall scarf and tie on High Days. In his retirement year the College gave him a grand send-off dinner: the University of Melbourne gave him a weekend of papers en hommage. Marshall also lectured at Kings College in the University of London, for at least two sessions in the late 1980s.

    Marshall joined the Melbourne Depaertment in 1965, and retired at the end of 1999. He was an acknowledged master of the writings of Ludwig Wittgenstein, when Wittgenstein was a significant influence in the Melbourne Department, with Camo Jackson, Douglas Gasking, Don Gunner and Kevan Presa as well as Marshall. Graeme Marshall was a fine teacher; and perhaps his greatest gift as a teacher was to infuse into his students a vital sense of philosophy as a conversational practice which might then inform their lives beyond strict philosophy as well as within it. Right around Australia Marshall was a prominent and respected philosophical presence for more than thirty years. His contributions at conferences and other philosophical gatherings across that time were invariably acute, clear, and precise, and always offered in a collaborative and generous spirit.

    A connoisseur of wine, food and ceremony Marshall was the first – and last – manciple to the Philosophy Department at the University of Melbourne. This mediaeval rôle had to do – I think – with his being on the wine committee of Staff Club of the University of Melbourne, an institution of which he was a life member. Marshall is remembered with affection by his colleagues for his urbanity, brilliant philosophical conversation, and for somewhat eighteenth century or Oxonian turns of phrase. In this Stoicism and style he modelled himself on the philosopher whose view of life he most admired, le bon David.

    Patrick Hutchings

    Christopher Cordner

    20 July 2015

  • 26 Aug 2015 9:40 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The AAP's new quarterly philosophical journal -- the *Australasian Philosophical Review* -- is scheduled to launch in March, 2017.

    Each issue of the *Australasian Philosophical Review* will consist of a curatorial introduction, a target article, a set of invited commentaries on the target article, a set of open commentaries on the target article, and a response to the invited and open commentaries.

    Each issue of the *Australasian Philosophical Review* will have a different curator, and a different editorial team assembled by the given curator. The editorial team will appoint the author of the target article and the authors of the invited commentaries.

    The open commentaries will be written by people who have registered with the journal to be sent alerts when target articles (and invited commentaries) are released to the commentary community. An invitation for submission of proposals for open commentaries will be made when invited material for a forthcoming issue is released. The editorial team will select, from among the submitted proposals, those that will lead to invitations to submit completed commentaries. All of this process will be managed through an online platform that enables double-blind refereeing.

    The *Australasian Philosophical Review* is a general journal of philosophy. It will carry target articles -- and commentaries -- from all philosophical domains and orientations.

    The *Australasian Philosophical Review* is supported by an AAP APR Committee. One of the main functions of this Committee is to choose the curators for issues of the journal.

    The *Australasian Philosophical Review* is published by Taylor and Francis, the publishers of the *Australasian Journal of Philosophy*.

    There will be further announcements -- including a call for registration in our open commentary community -- in a few weeks from now.

    Graham Oppy

  • 06 Aug 2015 1:41 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The 2015 Australasian Postgraduate Philosophy Conference will be held at the University of Adelaide from 29th September-1st October. We invite submissions by postgraduate students in Philosophy and related fields; all topics welcome. All presentation slots will be 50 minutes, so talks should go for 30-35 minutes (with 15-20 minutes for discussion.)

    The deadline for submitting an abstract is Mon. 31st August, and the deadline for registration is Mon. 14th September. The deadline to apply for travel funding has now passed. Successful applicants will be notified by email shortly.

    To register, submit an abstract, or find out more, please visit our conference website:

    Registration is free. Upper level students (3rd years and Honours) are welcome to register to attend the conference (but may not present.)

    Confirmed keynote speakers:

    Dr. Lina Eriksson (

    Professor Philip Gerrans (

    Associate Professor Jenny McMahon (

    On behalf of the conference organising committee,

    Chris Letheby

    Conference Secretary

  • 14 Jul 2015 3:13 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The 2015 Alan Saunders Memorial Lecture presented by Assoc. Professor Cordelia Fine - 'The gender galaxy beyond Mars & Venus: Insights for science and society' at ABC Ultimo centre, Sydney, 7th July 2015, will be broadcast on ABC Radio National Big Ideas radio at 8.05 pm AEST this evening (Tuesday 14th July). The lecture is also available as a podcast, for further details see:

    At the lecture the following AAP Media prize winners were announced:

    Dr Henry Martyn Lloyd, University of Queensland, was awarded the 2015 AAP Media Prize for two pieces on free speech - an online article on The Drum (“Brandis misses the finer points of free speech”) and an interview with Ian Newton from Radio Adelaide. more>>

    Dr Tim Dean, science and technology section editor for The Conversation, was awarded the AAP Media Professionals' Award. more>>

    Beth Matthews, host and presenter of 'Radical Philosophy' on 3CR community radio, was awarded a commendation. more>> 

  • 07 Jul 2015 3:10 PM | Deleted user

    Congratulations to Professor Roy Sorensen, winner of the Australasian Journal of Philosophy Best Paper Award 2014.

  • 09 Apr 2015 9:02 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The AAP has produced the second of a series of notes that will collectively make up an AAP statement on gender: see 

    I urge all AAP members -- and, indeed, everyone associated with philosophy in Australia, New Zealand, and Singapore -- to think carefully about the further material that is linked to the note, and about the content of the note itself.

    Graham Oppy

    Chair, AAP Council

  • 01 Apr 2015 2:17 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    The AAP is introducing a new prize at the 2015 Macquarie conference, for the best paper presented by a postgraduate student. This prize is offered to encourage postgraduates to present at the AAP Conference, and to recognise the philosophical contributions from excellent Australasian postgraduate students.

    The deadline for submission is Friday, April 24th.

    To be eligible, applicants must be members of the AAP in good standing and enrolled in an Australasian HDR philosophy program. Applicants cannot submit more than one paper in any given year, and all papers must conform to the word limit and be properly prepared for blind review. Previously published papers are not eligible."


  • 04 Mar 2015 11:55 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    The AAP Conference is held annually by the Australasian Association of Philosophy (AAP). This conference is designed to give professional philosophers and philosophy postgraduate students the opportunity to present and discuss papers in all areas of philosophy.

    The 2015 AAP Conference will be hosted by Macquarie University from July 5th-9th. Paul Redding (Sydney) will give the Presidential Address. The keynote speakers will be Cheshire Calhoun (Arizona State), Cordelia Fine (Melbourne), Frederick Neuhouser (Columbia), and Dan Zahavi (Copenhagen).

    Cordelia Fine will also deliver the 2015 Alan Saunders Memorial Lecture, in conjunction with ABC Radio National.

    Conference registration is now open, please visit the AAP conference website to register and to submit your abstract.
    The deadline for submitting an abstract, and for the early registration discount, is *Friday, May 15th*.

    Postgraduate subsidy applications close on *Friday May 1st.* 

    Please note that this year the AAP will be awarding a Postgraduate Presentation PrizeApplications for this prize close on *Friday April 24th*.

    We look forward to seeing you at Macquarie in July.

  • 15 Feb 2015 9:20 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Australasian philosophers will be sad to learn of the passing of Peter Menzies (Emeritus Professor of Philosophy, Macquarie University), who died on Friday 6 February, after a long illness. He is survived by his partner, Catriona Mackenzie (Professor of Philosophy, Macquarie University), and their extended family.

    Peter studied Philosophy at ANU, graduating with the University Medal in 1975. He went on to an MPhil at St Andrews, writing on Michael Dummett's views on Realism, and to a PhD at Stanford, where he worked with Nancy Cartwright on Newcomb Problems and Causal Decision Theory.

    Returning to Australia in 1983, Peter held a Tutorship and then an ARC Research Fellowship at the Department of Traditional & Modern Philosophy, University of Sydney, from 1984 to 1988. He then moved to ANU as a Research Fellow in the Philosophy Program, RSSS, where he remained until taking up a Lectureship at Macquarie University in 1995. He was promoted to a Personal Chair in 2005, becoming an Emeritus Professor on his retirement in 2013. He was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Humanities in 2007, and was President of the Australasian Association of Philosophy in 2008–2009.

    Peter will be remembered by friends, students and colleagues as one of the most lucid and generous voices in Australasian philosophy, and by philosophers worldwide as one of the most astute metaphysicians of his generation. He was particularly well known for many influential papers on causation. At the beginning of a famous paper in Mind in 1994, for example, David Lewis singles out "especially the problem presented in Menzies (1989)" as the source of, as he puts it, "the unfinished business with causation." Most would agree that some of the business remains unfinished, twenty years later; but that the field is greatly indebted to Peter for much of the progress that has been made in the past three decades. A fine philosopher, colleague, teacher, and friend, he will be sadly missed.

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

  • 03 Feb 2015 9:42 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    AAP Media Prize

    The Australasian Association of Philosophy offers an annual prize of $500 for the best philosophical piece(s) published by a professional philosopher in the popular media in Australasia. First awarded in 1999, the main criterion for the award of the prize is the ability of the piece(s) to engage the interest of the general public in philosophy or some philosophical issue. Consideration is also given to the quality of the philosophical discussion and to the size of the audience reached. Previous winners of the AAP Media Prize include Patrick Stokes (2014) Damon Young (2013), Paul Biegler (2012), Peter Slezak (2011), Caroline West (2010) and John Armstrong (2009).

    The AAP invites entries/nominations for media work from professional philosophers (including postgraduates and also retired academic philosophers) published in 2014. Entries/nominations may come from the author or from others. The closing date for entries is 30th March 2015.

    Further information about the AAP Media Prize, including conditions of entry, can be found at:

    AAP Media Professionals' Award

    The Australasian Association of Philosophy offers an occasional award of $500 to journalists and other media professionals for excellence in the presentation of philosophy or philosophical issues in the media. The main criterion for the award of the prize is the ability of the piece to engage the interest of the general public in philosophy or some philosophical issue. Consideration is also given to the quality of the philosophical discussion and to the size of the audience reached. Previous winners of the AAP Media Professionals' Award are Antonia Case (New Philosopher), Natasha Mitchell (All in the Mind) and Alan Saunders (Philosopher's Zone).

    The AAP invites entries/nominations for media work from journalists and other media professionals. Entries/nominations may come from the author or from others. The AAP Media Professionals' Award is offered no more than once each year, and may not be made every year. The closing date for entries is 30th March 2015.

    Further information about the AAP Media Professionals' Award , including conditions of entry, can be found at:
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