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Richard Corry

Lecturer, Philosophy

Room 359, Humanities Building, Sandy Bay Campus

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Richard.Corry@utas.edu.au

Richard Corry is Lecturer in Philosophy in the School of Humanities. His main area of research is the metaphysics of science, particularly the place of time and causation in modern physics. He is also interested in exploring what philosophy of science can contribute to real-world issues, such as the public debate around climate change. He is editor, with Huw Price, of Causation, Physics, and the Constitution of Reality (2007), and author, with David Coady, of The Climate Change Debate: An Epistemic and Ethical Enquiry (2013). He has also published articles on the philosophy of mind, ESP, and the ethics of consumer responsibility.

Biography

Richard has been at the University of Tasmania since 2004. In 2003 he held teaching positions at Macquarie University and the University of New South Wales, and was a tutor and lecturer at Indiana University, Bloomington whilst studying his PhD there between 1996 and 2002.  Richard has also had positions as visiting researcher at the Centre for Time, University of Sydney, in 2003 and 2007, and Indiana University, Bloomington in 2007.

Career summary

Qualifications

DegreeTitle of ThesisUniversityCountryAwarded
PhDA Causal-Structural Theory of Empirical Knowledge Indiana University, BloomingtonUnited States2002
BA(Hons)Minds, Machines and Consistency: A Discussion of Human Reasoning Inspired by the Works of Gödel, Lucas and Penrose Australian National UniversityAustralia1996
BSc(Hons)Cosmic StringsAustralian National UniversityAustralia1995
GradCertUniversity Teaching and LearningUniversity of TasmaniaAustralia2006

Memberships

Professional practice

Australasian Association of Philosophy

Administrative expertise

Richard has been the Graduate Research coordinator for Philosophy and Gender Studies since 2008, was Honours Coordinator for Philosophy and Gender Studies 2010-2013, and was Deputy Head of the School of Philosophy and Gender Studies 2011-2012.

Teaching

Philosophy of Science, Logic, Metaphysics, Epistemology, Critical Thinking, Philosophy of Physics, Philosophy of Biology

Teaching expertise

Richard's teaching covers all stages from first year through to postgraduate. He has designed and taught classes in philosophy of science, philosophy of physics, philosophy of biology, metaphysics and epistemology, logic, and critical thinking. He has recently played a major role in developing and teaching the cross faculty unit XBR105 Good Thinking: Reasoning Skills for Life.

Teaching responsibility

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Expertise

  • The relation of cause and effect and its place in modern physics
  • The arrow of time
  • The philosophy of the climate change debate

Research Themes

Richard's research aligns with the University's research theme of Creativity, Culture and Society and Environment, Resources and Sustainability.

Current projects

A World of Influence.

Scientific analysis presupposes a metaphysics of causal influence—component causes that are vector-like in that they have a strength and direction, and work together to produce an effect. This project investigates the nature of these influences and their relation to causal powers on the one hand, and laws of nature on the other.

Temporal and Causal Asymmetries.

Our everyday experience of the world includes a marked difference between the past and the future, and between cause and effect. However, the equations of fundamental physics do not distinguish between past and future directions of time, nor do they include asymmetric relations of causal dependence. This project investigates the nature and origin of the asymmetries of everyday experience.

Philosophy of Climate Change (With David Coady)

Public policy debates on how we should understand and respond to climate change turn, in part, on philosophical issues from across many fields of philosophy. To date, however, there has been little philosophical engagement with climate change beyond the fields of ethics and political philosophy. This project investigates epistemic and metaphysical raised by climate change.

Fields of Research

  • Metaphysics (220309)
  • History and Philosophy of Science (incl. Non-historical Philosophy of Science) (220206)
  • Epistemology (220304)
  • Ethical Theory (220305)
  • Philosophy of Cognition (220312)
  • Environmental Philosophy (220303)
  • Applied Ethics (220199)
  • History and Philosophy of Engineering and Technology (220203)
  • Philosophy (220399)
  • Physical Sciences (029999)
  • Human Rights and Justice Issues (220104)
  • Philosophy of Mind (excl. Cognition) (220314)

Research Objectives

  • Expanding Knowledge in Philosophy and Religious Studies (970122)
  • Education and Training Systems (930599)
  • Expanding Knowledge in the Physical Sciences (970102)
  • Environmental Education and Awareness (960703)
  • Climate and Climate Change (960399)
  • Social Impacts of Climate Change and Variability (960311)
  • Environmental Policy, Legislation and Standards (960799)
  • Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences (970117)
  • Expanding Knowledge in the Environmental Sciences (970105)
  • Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society (970116)

Publications

Total publications

12

Highlighted publications

(7 outputs)
YearTypeCitationAltmetrics
2015Journal ArticleCorry RL, 'Retrocausal models for EPR', Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics, 49 pp. 1-9. ISSN 1355-2198 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.shpsb.2014.11.001 [eCite] [Details]

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2013BookCoady D, Corry R, 'The Climate Change Debate: An Epistemic and Ethical Enquiry', Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, pp. 130. ISBN 9781137326270 (2013) [Authored Research Book]

DOI: 10.1057/9781137326287 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2

Co-authors: Coady D

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2013Journal ArticleCorry Richard, 'Emerging from the causal drain', Philosophical Studies, 165, (1) pp. 29-47. ISSN 0031-8116 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s11098-012-9918-3 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 5

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2011Journal ArticleCorry RL, 'Can dispositional essences ground the laws of nature?', Australasian Journal of Philosophy, 89, (2) pp. 263-275. ISSN 0004-8402 (2011) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/00048401003660325 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 3

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2009Chapter in BookCorry R, 'How is scientific analysis possible?', Dispositions and Causes, Clarendon Press, T Handfield (ed), Oxford, pp. 158-188. ISBN 9780199558933 (2009) [Research Book Chapter]

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2007BookCorry RL, Price H, 'Causation, physics, and the constitution of reality: Russell's republic revisited', Oxford University Press, Oxford, pp. 404. ISBN 9780199278183 (2007) [Edited Book]

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2006Journal ArticleCorry RL, 'Causal Realism and the Laws of Nature', Philosophy of Science, 73, (3) pp. 261-276. ISSN 0031-8248 (2006) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1086/515417 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 6Web of Science - 7

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Journal Article

(4 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2015Corry RL, 'Retrocausal models for EPR', Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics, 49 pp. 1-9. ISSN 1355-2198 (2015) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1016/j.shpsb.2014.11.001 [eCite] [Details]

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2013Corry Richard, 'Emerging from the causal drain', Philosophical Studies, 165, (1) pp. 29-47. ISSN 0031-8116 (2013) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1007/s11098-012-9918-3 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 5

Tweet

2011Corry RL, 'Can dispositional essences ground the laws of nature?', Australasian Journal of Philosophy, 89, (2) pp. 263-275. ISSN 0004-8402 (2011) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/00048401003660325 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2Web of Science - 3

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2006Corry RL, 'Causal Realism and the Laws of Nature', Philosophy of Science, 73, (3) pp. 261-276. ISSN 0031-8248 (2006) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1086/515417 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 6Web of Science - 7

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Book

(2 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2013Coady D, Corry R, 'The Climate Change Debate: An Epistemic and Ethical Enquiry', Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, pp. 130. ISBN 9781137326270 (2013) [Authored Research Book]

DOI: 10.1057/9781137326287 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 2

Co-authors: Coady D

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2007Corry RL, Price H, 'Causation, physics, and the constitution of reality: Russell's republic revisited', Oxford University Press, Oxford, pp. 404. ISBN 9780199278183 (2007) [Edited Book]

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Chapter in Book

(4 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2017Corry R, 'Did Climate Change Cause That?', A Companion to Applied Philosophy, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, K Lippert-Rasmussen, K Brownlee, and D Coady (ed), United Kingdom, pp. 469-483. ISBN 9781118869130 (2017) [Research Book Chapter]

DOI: 10.1002/9781118869109.ch33 [eCite] [Details]

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2015Corry RL, 'ESP, Causation, and the Possibility of Precognition', Extrasensory Perception: Support, Skepticism, and Science, Volume 1: History, Controversy, and Research, Praeger, E May and S Marwaha (ed), United States, pp. 107-128. ISBN 978-1440832871 (2015) [Research Book Chapter]

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2009Corry R, 'How is scientific analysis possible?', Dispositions and Causes, Clarendon Press, T Handfield (ed), Oxford, pp. 158-188. ISBN 9780199558933 (2009) [Research Book Chapter]

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2007Corry RL, Price H, 'A Case for Causal Republicanism ', in Causation, Physics and The Constitution of Reality: Russells Republic Revisited, Clarendon Press, Huw Price and Richard Corry (ed), Oxford, pp. 1-10. ISBN 9780199278190 (2007) [Research Book Chapter]

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Review

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2005Corry RL, 'Earman John, Clark Glymour, and Sandra Mitchell, eds,, Ceteris Paribus Laws', Australasian Journal of Philosophy, 83, (2) pp. 301. (2005) [Review Single Work]

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Other Public Output

(1 outputs)
YearCitationAltmetrics
2014Corry RL, 'A Dilemma of Consumer Responsibility', Philosophy Now: a magazine of ideas, Philosophy Now, United Kingdom, 102, May/June, pp. 9-11. (2014) [Magazine Article]

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Grants & Funding

Funding Summary

Number of grants

2

Total funding

$2,640

Projects

2012: Dispositions, Caustaion, Modality. Germany. (2012)$800
Funding
University of Tasmania ($800)
Scheme
Grant-Conference Support Scheme
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Corry RL
Year
2012
2009 American Philosophical Association Central Division Meeting in Chicago (2008)$1,840
Funding
University of Tasmania ($1,840)
Scheme
Grant-Conference Support Scheme
Administered By
University of Tasmania
Research Team
Corry RL
Year
2008

Research Supervision

Richard has supervised theses on causal powers, philosophy of mind, free will, theories of perception, evolutionary epistemology, evolutionary ethics, and Buddhist theories of causation.

Richard would be particularly interested in supervising projects in the following three areas:

  1. The metaphysics of powers, causation, and laws of nature
  2. The place of temporal and causal asymmetries in physics
  3. Metaphysical and epistemic issues raised by climate change

Current

3

Completed

9

Current

DegreeTitleCommenced
PhDDisposition Ascriptions as Suppositions2011
PhDThe Foundations of Flourishing and Our Obligations to Infants2016
PhDAn Investigation into the Links Between Epistemology and Ethics, with Reference to the Debate about Climate Change2016

Completed

DegreeTitleCompleted
PhDMasculine Madness: The Normality of Evil in the Western Cultural Imaginary
Candidate: Ross Anthony Honeywill
2014
PhDPain is Mechanism
Candidate: Simon Peter Van Rysewyk
2013
PhDHeidegger's Language
Candidate: Adrian James Staples
2013
PhDNourishing the Dhamma: Vegetarianism and Animal Nonviolence in Theravada Buddhism with a special focus on Sinhala Buddhism
Candidate: James John Stewart
2012
MastersIs Laplacian Determinism Compatible with Reasons-based Freedom?
Candidate: Gabrielle Christine Sauvage
2011
MastersHomo credulus: Bio-philosophical Reflections on Evolution and Religious Belief
Candidate: Delton Laud Hedges
2010
PhDThree Mistakes about the Senses
Candidate: David Vender
2010
PhDMorality on a Leash: Walking the Dogma. A Search for Plausible Connections between Morality and Biology
Candidate: Jillian Louise Britton
2010
MastersThe Prasangika Madhyamika's Dependent Arising and a Critique of Essentialist Causal Theories. the Essentialist Causal Theories
Candidate: Tenzin Sangmo
2008