Welcome to the Philosophy Department

Mathematicians, economists, students of medicine, students of politics, students of physics, theologians, linguists, critics of literature and the arts – all these and more will encounter philosophical problems.

This is because philosophy characteristically raises questions about the basic assumptions of every form of human inquiry, having amongst its branches the philosophy of science, of religion, of psychology, of history, of law, of economics, and so on.

Those who want to be able to understand these problems when they face them, and ultimately get answers to them, will require at least a basic training in philosophy.

News and Events

Philosophy and Bioethics Seminar Series

  • Congratulations to Professor Jakob Hohwy (Philosophy) in the School of Philosophical, Historical and International Studies who has been a successful co-applicant in the Monash Warwick Alliance Accelerator Fund Scheme. Together with Antonio Verdejo-Garcia (Monash, Psychology), John Michael (Warwick, Philosophy), Lukasz Walasek (Warwick, Psychology), and Sakari Lemola (Warwick, Psychology), Prof. Hohwy has won $314,000 over three years for a… Read more
  • Dr Jennifer Windt (Philosophy) has won the prestigious 2018 William James Prize for Contributions to the Study of Consciousness, awarded by the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness (ASSC). The prize is for her book Dreaming: A Conceptual Framework for Philosophy of Mind and Empirical Research (MIT Press, 2015). Her book provides a comprehensive proposal for a conceptual… Read more
  • The Monash institute of Medical Engineering (MIME) and Monash Institute of Cognitive and Clinical Neurosciences (MICCN) are pleased to be hosting an interdisciplinary Symposium in Neuroethics. Entitled, Ethics in Neurotechnological Innovation, the symposium will take place on Tuesday, 1 May 2018 from 1:00pm – 5:30pm at New Horizons, 20 Research Way, Level 4 Collaboration Lounge. Professor Judy Illes … Read more
  • Workshop: The Nature of Delusions Date: 20 February 2018. Location: C110 (John Whyte Room), Building C, Ground Floor, Caulfield Campus, Monash University. Organizer: Professor Tim Bayne, Monash University. All welcome – registration not required, but please RSVP.   Program 9:00 Coffee available. 9:15 Tim Bayne (Monash): Welcome. 9:20-10:30 Max Coltheart (Macquarie): Delusional Belief and the Doxastic Reflex. 10:30-10:50… Read more
  • Roger Chao FRGS, FGIA, GAICD, FAIM, BJ is an Australian explorer, mountaineer, philosopher and ethicist. He holds degrees in Arts (Politics and Philosophy majors) and Economics and an Honours degree in Philosophy/Ethics from Monash University. Roger was elected a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society in 2007 in recognition of his research into the effects… Read more