Institute for Religion & Critical Inquiry


The Philosophy program has particular strengths in

  • Moral and Political philosophy (Robert Audi, Stewart BraunStephanie Collins, Roger Crisp, David Killoren, Steve Matthews, Tyler Paytas, Richard Rowland),
  • Epistemology and Metaphysics (Mark Alfano, Robert Audi, Nevin Climenhaga,Tony Coady, Stephanie Collins, Claude Romano, ),
  • History of Philosophy (Mark Alfano, Michael Champion, Roger Crisp, Christopher Insole, Charles Lockwood, Tyler Paytas, David Runia), and
  • Philosophy of Religion (Robert Audi, Nevin Climenhaga, Steve Evans, Robyn Horner, David Newheiser, Eleonore Stump).

Much research in the program is at the intersection of moral and political philosophy and epistemology and metaphysics. Program members investigate issues in social epistemology: trust, testimony, disagreement, and the epistemic implications of digital and social media. Program members also work on social metaphysics: the nature of groups and collectives and what determines their identity over time. The program has a key strength in metaethics and has recently run conferences on moral epistemology and methodological issues in metaethics. In history of philosophy, program members work on Kant, Nietzsche, and Sidgwick as well as ancient philosophy and the history of moral philosophy. The program also has a strength in experimental philosophy with several members themselves running large experiments and drawing out the philosophical implications of this empirical work.

If you are interested in pursuing graduate studies within the Philosophy program, please contact Richard Rowland for more information.

Acts and Omissions: Taking Stock and Future Directions

A one-day workshop on Acts and Omissions: Taking Stock and Future Directions at ACU Melbourne.

Date: Saturday 22 September, 2018

Featuring talks by: Stephanie Collins (ACU): Act and omitting in Group-level Harms

Holly Lawford-Smith (University of Melbourne): Omitting to Protest & Citizen Authorization of State Wrongdoing

Seth Lazar (ANU): Acts, Omissions, and Machine Intelligence

Justin Oakley (Monash): Virtue ethics, Acts vs. Omissions, and Burdens of Proof

The acts and omissions distinction received a great deal of philosophical attention in the 1970s and 80s, but since that time the amount of literature on the topic has decreased. On the face of it, since no consensus has been reached, this seems odd, given the huge significance of the distinction. The aim of this workshop is to take stock of where current thinking on the distinction has reached, and to seek possible future directions for research.

Western Philosophy and Indian Thought

Public Lecture Presented by Professor Françoise Dastur

When: 5.30–7:00 pm, 30 May 2018.

Where: ACU Melbourne Campus, Room 404.G.09, Mercy Lecture Theatre.



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