David Treanor

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David Treanor

University Associate
Philosophy & Gender Studies

Room 372 , Humanities Building

+61 3 6249 2296 (phone)

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Thesis topic

Through an analysis of friendship as a phenomenon I suggest a tentative explanation to the philosophical problem of personal identity that is embedded in Aristotelian ethics: it is plausible and realistic to define a person by one's capacity for relationships. The theme of metaphysical investigation will reveal that humanity is not inscribed only by rationality and intellectual prowess rather by one's capacity to experience relationships between individuals. I reject the notion that individuals are locked into a rigid network of divergence and individualism, rather that our personal identity rests primarily on an accurate understanding of our relational nature and capacity to change. The contemporary application of this theoretical construct will unlock and expose processes that will be particularly useful to individuals who are marginalised and excluded in our societies. Further, my hypothesis will argue for inclusion, for a shared humanity and a particularly practical approach to resolving conflict, enabling mediation processes and transforming relationships.

Fields of Research

  • Human rights and justice issues (excl. law) (500104)
  • History of ideas (500207)
  • Bioethics (500101)
  • Christian studies (500401)
  • Philosophical psychology (incl. moral psychology and philosophy of action) (500311)
  • Social psychology (520505)

Research Objectives

  • Expanding knowledge in philosophy and religious studies (280119)
  • Religion and society (130501)
  • Religion (130599)
  • Social ethics (130304)
  • Ability and disability (230101)


Total publications


Journal Article

(5 outputs)
2020Treanor D, 'Vanier & L'Arche: defying the tyranny of distance', Journal of Disability and Religion, 24, (2) pp. 206-228. ISSN 2331-2521 (2020) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/23312521.2020.1718572 [eCite] [Details]


2017Treanor D, 'Does the Australian National Disability Insurance Scheme enhance personal quality of life?', Research and Practice in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 5, (1) pp. 58-69. ISSN 2329-7018 (2017) [Refereed Article]

DOI: 10.1080/23297018.2017.1408420 [eCite] [Details]

Citations: Scopus - 3Web of Science - 3


2017Treanor D, 'John Macmurray and the form of the personal', Appraisal, 11 pp. 27-35. ISSN 1358-3336 (2017) [Refereed Article]

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2014Treanor D, 'Disability, Critical Thinking & Personalism', Appraisal, 10, (2) pp. 1-20. ISSN 1358-3336 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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2010Treanor D, 'Persons: spiritedness & coming to be', Appraisal, 8, (2) pp. 3-9. ISSN 1358-3336 (2010) [Refereed Article]

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(1 outputs)
2020Treanor DP, 'Intellectual Disability and Social Policies of Inclusion: Invading Consciousness without Permeability', Palgrave Macmillan, UK, pp. 234. ISBN 9789811370564 (2020) [Authored Research Book]

DOI: 10.1007/978-981-13-7056-4 [eCite] [Details]