Research in Logic and Metaphysics

Researchers in this strength undertake to answer metaphysical questions about what exists and how the various categories of existents are related to one another, as for instance the manner of existence possessed by numbers or by God. A particular question in metaphysics addressed by the team is the nature of the relation between minds and bodies.

Logic is the study of ways in which theories, including metaphysical theories, can be expressed and justified. Monash Arts’ strength in metaphysics is closely integrated with research strength in logic, including not only formal logic and the study of rigorous reasoning in mathematics, but also the history of logic, and critical reflections on issues in philosophical logic, such as the nature of representation, reference and truth.

Research areas and supervisors

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

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

Recent research grants

Models of Divinity

Oppy, G.
Australian Research Council (ARC): AUD123,542.00
Australian Research Council (ARC): AUD49,458.00

Rules in Logic

Humberstone, L.
Australian Research Council (ARC): AUD95,520.00
Australian Research Council (ARC): AUD98,916.00

Neglected Problems of Time: Metaphysical and topological issues arising from the physics of time

Oppy, G.Handfield, T., Bird, A., Butterfield, J. & Loewer, B.
Australian Research Council (ARC): AUD232,070.00
Australian Research Council (ARC): AUD82,430.00