The School of Philosophy houses both the Philosophy and Gender Studies programs. The school offers research opportunities in both ‘Analytic' and ‘European' traditions and has particular strengths in European Philosophy, Logic and Philosophy of Science, Applied Philosophy and Ethics, Comparative Philosophy - especially in relation to Buddhist and other Asian traditions, and Feminist Philosophy. The School of Philosophy is particularly research-active with staff holding numerous Australian Research Council grants. In addition all staff are active in the publication of their research.
The School has an active postgraduate community. In addition to pursuing their own research all postgraduate students participate in the postgraduate students' work-in-progress seminar and attend the School research seminar, a series that includes talks from eminent visitors from around Australia and from around the world. Being a postgraduate student involves being an active member of the School of Philosophy and being fully engaged with its research and other activities.
Set in the natural beauty of Hobart in southern Tasmania and Launceston in northern Tasmania, the University of Tasmania is an ideal place to undertake postgraduate study in Philosophy or Gender Studies. It combines the attraction of a serious research-based department with the benefits of a friendly, collegial and relaxed environment.
For general inquiries about graduate research in the School of Philosophy contact the Graduate Research Coordinator, Dr Richard Corry phone +61 3 6226 7525.
Our School offers both MA and PhD degree programs by research. The Masters and PhD programs require the completion of a thesis (no more than 60,000 words for Masters and 100,000 words for PhD) written under the supervision of, usually, two staff members. For Masters candidates the time is a minimum of one year and a maximum of three years, and for PhD candidates the minima and maxima are two years and four years respectively. These times are based on full-time candidature, and are adjusted appropriately for part-time candidature.
Our School provides close supervision and support to all postgraduate students. Supervision is normally undertaken by a team of two co-supervisors, one of whom may play a more significant role, with other staff available as required. Students are expected to meet regularly with their supervisors or at least one of their co-supervisors. An annual review of progress is undertaken as required by the University's Research Higher Degrees Committee.
James Chase (PhD ANU), +61 3 6324 3439
Epistemology (what are justified beliefs?), Philosophical logic (especially truth and paradoxes), Philosophy of mind (normative concepts - how do we think about ‘oughts'?), Philosophy of science, Philosophy of language (what is the connection b/n truth and evidence?).
David Coady (PhD City Uni of New York), +61 3 6226 2272
Applied Philosophy - Social and Political Philosophy, Professional Ethics (police ethics, sport ethics), Metaphysics (Time and Causation), Philosophy of Science, Epistemology (Conspiracy Theories, Rumours and Propaganda).
Richard Corry (PhD Indiana), +61 3 6226 7525
Philosophy of Physics (causation and the direction of time), Emergent properties, Philosophy of Science, Metaphysics, Epistemology, Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Biology
Ingo Farin (PhD Indiana), +61 3 6226 7508
1. Martin Heidegger 2. History of Philosophy, especially ancient Greek philosophy, Kant and German Idealism (Hegel), 19th and 20th century German philosophy. 3. Phenomenology, especially Husserl, Patochka, Levinas 4. Hermeneutics, especially Dilthey, Gadamer, Ricoeur. 5. Existentialism, especially Nietzsche, Kierkegaard, Buber, Rosenzweig, Jaspers, Sartre. 6. Frankfurt School & Neo-Marxism.
Jeff Malpas (PhD ANU), +61 3 6226 2257
German Philosophy (especially Heidegger and Gadamer), Philosophy of Language (especially Davidson and Quine), Hermeneutics, Phenomenology and Existentialism (especially Camus), Pragmatism, History of Philosophy (including ancient), Philosophy of Place and Space.
Lucy Tatman (PhD ANU), +61 3 6226 2368
Feminist theories, specifically feminist epistemologies, theories of subjectivity, and ethics; Hannah Arendt; Religion as a social force, in particular the influence upon the epistemic, moral and political agency (of different subjects) of generally 'unnoticed' religious elements within the cultural imaginary.
Sonam Thakchoe (PhD Tasmania), +61 3 6226 1776
Comparative Philosophy, Buddhist Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion, Asian Philosophy, Applied Philosophy.
Leila Toiviainen (PhD Tasmania), +61 3 6226 2254
Proxy Decision-Making in Health Care, Ethical Issues in health care, especially end-of-life care, Environmental Ethics, The Relation of Environmentalism and Political Liberalism, Duties to future generations, Philosophy of Nietzsche.
Graham Wood (PhD Tasmania), +61 3 6324 3920
Metaethics, Moral Psychology, Cognitive Science of Religion, Philosophy of Science and Environmental Philosophy
Hobart Campus - Graduate Research Coordinator
Dr Richard Corry Tel + 61 3 6226 7525
Launceston Campus - Head of School
Dr James Chase Tel + 61 3 6324 3439
For more information on Research Higher Degree admission, scholarship opportunities, research supervision, policies and procedures, please visit Graduate Research.
Authorised by the Acting Head of School, Humanities
30 April, 2012