Metaphysics and Social Ontology

Degree type

PhD

Closing date

6 March 2023

Campus

Hobart

Citizenship requirement

Domestic/International

About the research project

In order to make sense of the world we must categorise its contents and assume various relations between these categories. This is true whether we are talking about fundamental particles and fields, social categories such as gender and sexuality, or the general distinction between properties and particulars. Once we recognise these assumptions we can question their legitimacy: what is their relation to reality? What are the ethical or epistemic implications of these assumptions? What is the purpose of these categorisations? Are there better ways of categorising the world?

The philosophy program invites applications for projects that focus on uncovering and questioning the metaphysical and ontological assumptions built into our understanding of the world.  Such projects could include (but are not limited to) research questions in basic metaphysics, philosophy of science, feminist philosophy, political philosophy, and environmental philosophy.

This project may have a part-time study option available. Some restrictions may apply. Please discuss your preference with the Supervisor and note your preferred study option when applying.

Primary Supervisor

Meet Dr Richard Corry

Funding

Applicants will be considered for a Research Training Program (RTP) scholarship or Tasmania Graduate Research Scholarship (TGRS) which, if successful, provides:

  • a living allowance stipend of $28,854 per annum (2022 rate, indexed annually) for 2 years (MRes) or 3.5 years (PhD)
  • a relocation allowance of up to $2,000
  • a tuition fees offset covering the cost of tuition fees for up to four years (domestic applicants only)

If successful, international applicants will receive a University of Tasmania Fees Offset for up to four years.

As part of the application process you may indicate if you do not wish to be considered for scholarship funding.

Eligibility

Applicants should review the Higher Degree by Research minimum entry requirements.

Additional eligibility criteria specific to this project/scholarship:

  • Bachelor level major (or equivalent) in philosophy, gender studies, or a relevant science.
  • Applicants must be able to undertake the project on-campus

Selection Criteria

The project is competitively assessed and awarded.  Selection is based on academic merit and suitability to the project as determined by the College.

Application process

There is a three-step application process:

  1. Select your project, and check you meet the eligibility and selection criteria;
  2. Contact the Primary Supervisor, Dr Richard Corry to discuss your suitability and the project's requirements; and
  3. Submit an application by the closing date listed above.
    • Copy and paste the title of the project from this advertisement into your application. If you don’t correctly do this your application may be rejected.
    • As part of your application, you will be required to submit a covering letter, a CV including 2 x referees and your project research proposal.

Following the application closing date applications will be assessed within the College. Applicants should expect to receive notification of the outcome by email by the advertised outcome date.

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