Philosophy

The Monash Philosophy program is internationally recognised as one of the finest in the country. Our research strengths lie in:

  • Moral and Political Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Mind and Cognitive Science
  • History of Philosophy
  • Metaphysics
  • Bioethics

Program content

The following degrees are offered in the Philosophy program:

  • 2695 Master of Arts
  • 0020 Doctor of Philosophy

Link to the Handbook entry for the Philosophy PhD program

Program contacts

Research areas and supervisors

Philosophy is a leading area of research at Monash and our Department is well regarded both nationally and internationally. In the research ranking exercise in 2012 called Excellence in Research Australia, Monash Philosophy scored a 5, the highest possible score. We can offer supervision in a broad range of philosophical traditions and areas. Below is a list of what might be referred to as “areas of expertise” of individual staff, but they can and have supervised in other areas. For example, Graham Oppy has supervised in Philosophy of Mathematics as well as Philosophy of Physics.

Supervisors

Moral and Political Philosophy

Dr Paul Atkinson

Dr Linda Barclay
Social and political philosophy, applied ethics

Dr Elizabeth Coleman
Freedom of expression and cross-cultural communication (Communications)

Dr Patrick Emerton
Legal philosophy, social and political philosophy, philosophy of language (Law)

Assoc Prof Toby Handfield
Ethical theory, decision theory, philosophy of economics, metaphysics, political philosophy, philosophy of law

Dr Paul Muldoon

Assoc Prof Justin Oakley
Ethical theory, virtue ethics, bioethics, reproductive ethics, professional ethics, moral psychology

Dr Alexei Procyshyn

Assoc Prof Alison Ross
Aesthetics, modern and contemporary European philosophy.

Prof Michael Selgelid
Applied Ethics, Bioethics, Public Health Ethics, Science and Ethics,
Social and Political Philosophy

Dr Robert Simpson
Political philosophy, Legal theory, Epistemology

Dr Dale Smith
Legal philosophy (Law)

Prof Rob Sparrow
Bioethics, moral philosophy, social and political philosophy, applied ethics, environmental philosophy

Dr Mark Symmons

Dr Michael Ure
Political theory, Nietzsche (Politics)

Philosophy of Mind and Cognitive Science

Prof Tim Bayne
Philosophy of Mind, Cognitive Science

Dr Monima Chadha
Philosophy of language, epistemology, philosophy of mind, Indian philosophy, Buddhist Philosophy

Prof Jakob Hohwy
Philosophy of mind, cognitive science

Jennifer Windt
Philosophy of mind, cognitive science

Dr George van Doorn

Dr Kevin Korb
Artificial intelligence, inductive inference, cognitive science, philosophy of science (Info Tech)

History of Philosophy

Prof Andrew Benjamin
19th and 20th century European philosophy: especially Kant, Hegel, Derrida. Philosophy of Art, Walter Benjamin.

Dr Jacqui Broad
History of early modern philosophy, women’s political thought, feminism

Prof John Bigelow
Metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of mathematics, philosophy of science, philosophy of language

Dr Monima Chadha
Philosophy of language, epistemology, philosophy of mind, Indian philosophy, Buddhist Philosophy

Prof Constant Mews
Medieval philosophy (History)

Dr Alexei Procyshyn

Dr Chris Watkin

Bioethics

Assoc Prof Catherine Mills
Bioethics, biopolitics, contemporary European philosophy, feminism

Assoc Prof Justin Oakley
Ethical theory, virtue ethics, bioethics, reproductive ethics, professional ethics, moral psychology

Prof Michael Selgelid
Applied Ethics, Bioethics, Public Health Ethics, Science and Ethics,
Social and Political Philosophy

Assoc Prof Rob Sparrow
Bioethics, moral philosophy, social and political philosophy, applied ethics, environmental philosophy

Dr Ryan Tonkens
Applied ethics, bioethics, virtue ethics, ethics of reproduction, philosophy of technology, and ethics of artificial intelligence

Prof Alan Peterson

Metaphysics

Prof John Bigelow
Metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of mathematics, philosophy of science, philosophy of language

Assoc Prof Toby Handfield
Ethical theory, decision theory, philosophy of economics, metaphysics, political philosophy, philosophy of law

Mr Lloyd Humberstone
Philosophy of logic, philosophy of language, metaphysics, modal logic and its applications

Prof Graham Oppy
Philosophy of religion, philosophy of science, aesthetics, logic, metaphysics, philosophy of mind, philosophy of language

Dr Paul Silva
Metaphysics and Epistemology


How to Apply

Contact Graham Oppy or Monima Chadha to discuss your research topic/potential supervisor before proceeding with your application.

You MUST follow all the steps of the Faculty’s application process when applying, otherwise your application will NOT be considered.

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