PhD Scholarship

  • 22 Feb 2012
  • 30 Mar 2012
  • Macquarie University, New South wales
A full time PhD Scholarship is available in the Department of
Philosophy at Macquaire University associated with Dr Paul Formosa's
ARC DECRA research project : 'Dignity and respect: a Kantian
theoretical approach to practical rationality and human agency'

For details go to:

Appeals to the innate dignity of human beings are commonplace in
important public debates in bioethics and on the grounding of human
rights. But why do humans, and not other animals, have dignity? Do all
humans have dignity? And how should we practically acknowledge the
dignity of others? This project will construct robust answers to these
important practical questions by developing a Kantian account of
dignity and rational agency and investigating the practical
implications of this account of dignity in the area of bioethics.

A PhD candidate (domestic candidates only) is sought to work on a
topic related to this project. The exact thesis topic can be
negotiated. Possibilities include: Kantian ethics, different
conceptions of dignity, accounts of rational agency, and the role of
dignity in bioethics or human rights debates. Candidates should have
either an honours or master's degree in philosophy and an interest in
engaging philosophically with Kantian ethics.

This PhD scholarship is funded at $26,670 pa tax exempt for 3 years.

Interested prospective applicants should contact, in the first
instance, Dr Paul Formosa at email:

Prospective PhD applicants should have a first class Honours degree or
equivalence, and for scholarship holders, additional relevant research
experience and/or qualifications in line with the University's
scholarship rating guidelines. Refer to Scholarship Requirements for
further information about this.

Applicants will need to complete a candidature/scholarship application
form and arrange for two academic referee reports to be submitted to
the Higher Degree Research Office. Refer to the Applications page for
further application instructions. Macquarie University will advise the
successful applicant of entitlements at the time of scholarship offer.

Please quote reference 'ARC Dignity & Respect Philosophy PhD
Scholarship' on your application form. The application form is
available at:

Contributed Paper Sessions

Contributed papers should normally be scheduled as 55 minute sessions, with approximately 30 minutes for presentation and 25 minutes for questions and discussion.

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