– draft – history of and contemporary European

The Monash Philosophy Graduate Program has research strengths in the following areas.

Prospective postgraduate students should contact the staff listed under their area of interest to discuss potential projects.

Early Modern and Enlightenment Philosophy
Jacqueline Broad

  • Early modern politics, ethics, and metaphysics (c. 1650-1750)
  • History of feminist/women’s thought (c. 1600-1800)
  • Enlightenment politics


Kantian and Post-Kantian Philosophy, including Nietzsche
Alison Ross and Michael Ure

  • The history of Kantian philosophy and its nineteenth century reception
  • Kant’s Critique of Judgment
  • Post-Kantian German Philosophy, especially Nietzsche


Recent European Philosophy, Critical Theory, and Biopolitics
Catherine Mills, Alison Ross, Michael Ure, Christopher Watkin

  • Twentieth-century French philosophy and biopolitics (Foucault, Canguilhem, Agamben)
  • Twentieth-century German philosophy, including philosophical anthropology and Early Critical Theory (Blumenberg, Benjamin)
  • Theories of Equality and Political Disagreement (Rancière)
  • Recent French Philosophy and a/theism (Badiou, Serres, Nancy)


Alison Ross

  • Theories of the Image
  • Theories of Sensation and Sensuous Form
  • Concepts of Aesthetic Experience



Recent research grants

Women on liberty: from the early modern period to the enlightenment (1650-1800)

Broad, J. & Detlefsen, K.
Australian Research Council (ARC): AUD190,000.00

Improving decision-making processes in complex environments

Ross, A.
Australian Research Council (ARC): AUD543,379.00
Australian Research Council (ARC): AUD77,857.00
Australian Research Council (ARC): AUD38,531.00
Australian Research Council (ARC): AUD6,461.00

Mary Astell (1666-1731): An Historical-Intellectual Role Model for Women in Philosophy

Broad, J.
Australian Research Council (ARC): AUD486,400.00
Australian Research Council (ARC): AUD54,600.00

Persuasive Force: The Role of Aesthetic Experience in Moral Persuasion

Ross, A., Benjamin, A. & Ziarek, K.
Australian Research Council (ARC): AUD108,056.00
Australian Research Council (ARC): AUD65,944.00