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  • 01 Mar 2016 6:13 PM | Anonymous

    Len O’Neill, a member of the Melbourne University Philosophy Department (as it then was) from 1966 to 1996, died on February the 18th this year. 

    Len completed his undergraduate and masters degrees at Melbourne University, before gaining a doctorate at Cambridge in the mid-1960s. He returned to Australia to take up a lectureship at Melbourne University, where he remained for his entire professional life. His masters and doctoral work was in philosophy of logic and epistemology. While these interests persisted throughout his career, and were the subject matter of his publications, he also worked extensively in the theory of punishment, and the philosophies of Buddhism, and anarchism. He completed a second PhD, and during his retirement was well into a third, left uncompleted at the time of his death.  

     Len particularly admired Douglas Gasking, one of his teachers and his MA supervisor at Melbourne, and attempted – with considerable success – to emulate the clarity and rigour with which Gasking approached philosophical issues. He initiated and co-edited the posthumous publication of a collection of Gasking’s papers (Language, Logic and Causation: Philosophical Writings of Douglas Gasking, M.U.P. 1996). Following Gasking’s physical incapacitation by a stroke, Len visited him regularly, and they engaged in continuing philosophical discussion, especially on the work of Charles Sanders Peirce, a philosopher they both held in very high esteem. Len’s regard for Gasking was further demonstrated by his organising, in 2011, a celebration of the centenary of Gasking’s birth. This was attended by a large number of people who shared Len’s admiration and affection for their former teacher and colleague.  

     Len drew a similar admiration and friendship from very many students over the years. They enjoyed the quality of his lectures, but also liked Len for his patience and generosity, to say nothing of their delight in his unconventional style and non-conformist behaviour. No one else in the Arts Faculty dressed, or wore a hat, with quite the elegance Len managed. Few rode such a frighteningly potent BMW motorcycle. Few furnished their room in the Old Arts Building as elaborately.

     Len will be missed by all who knew him.  He is survived by his wife, Jacqui, who he married in 1965, and by his son, Lawrence. 

  • 26 Feb 2016 10:56 AM | Anonymous

    The *Australasian Philosophical Review* (APR) is the AAP's new open peer
    commentary journal. It publishes invited target articles by authors from
    all areas of philosophy, together with invited and open peer commentaries
    on those invited target articles, and authors' responses to those
    commentaries. Each issue has a different curator (chosen by a committee of
    the Australasian Association of Philosophy); the curator is responsible for
    the choice of the authors of the invited target article and the invited
    commentaries.

    The APR is now ready to receive open peer commentary proposals for Volume 1
    Issue 1, Theme: Aesthetic Pleasure, curated by Jenny McMahon.

    Target Article : The Pleasure of Art by Mohan Matthen

    Invited commentaries from: Cynthia A. Freeland , Paul Guyer and Robert
    Sinnerbrink

    Closing date for submission of proposals for open peer commentaries is 15
    April 2016

    To view the target article and invited commentaries, register as an open
    peer commentator at http://australasianphilosophicalreview.org/

  • 02 Feb 2016 2:45 PM | Anonymous

    Commencing in 2016, The Australasian Association of Philosophy (AAP) offers an annual prize of $500 for an outstanding philosophical paper or book chapter published by an Australasian woman during the previous calendar year. The prize will be named after a significant Australasian woman philosopher. more>>

  • 27 Jan 2016 8:54 AM | Anonymous

    The Postgraduate Committee to the AAP is welcoming proposals from postgraduates from any institution in Australia, New Zealand, and Singapore with postgraduate philosophy programmes to organise and host the 2016 Australasian Philosophy Postgraduate Conference (APPC).

    ABOUT THE APPC

    The APPC is usually a three-day conference and provides the opportunity for postgraduate students from Australasia to present their work, debate their ideas, receive feedback from peers and form collaborations across institutions. For over two decades, APPCs have included discussions with other graduates, meetings with successful philosophers, career seminars and/or publishing workshops (e.g. with the editor of the Australasian Journal of Philosophy). Recent conferences have been held in Adelaide, Sydney and Auckland.

    ABOUT BIDS

    A successful bid will justify their selection of the conference dates and will likely contain a budget with an indication of expected fund sources, a conference planning timeline, and brief details of local facilities (including accommodation options). Bidders are encouraged to be both realistic and creative with their bids. Our comprehensive APPC Hosting Guide can be sent upon request, and we are happy to assist organisers with any further questions that they might have. Bids for the 2016 APPC close March 31st.

    CONTACTS

    If you are interested in hosting the 2016 APPC, or would like any further information about hosting an APPC, including the APPC Hosting Guide, please contact Jarrah Aubourg (jarrah@uow.edu.au).


  • 15 Dec 2015 11:49 AM | Anonymous

    The Australasian Association of Philosophy (AAP) awards an annual prize of $500 for the development of innovative approaches to teaching philosophy. First awarded in 2014, the prize is offered with a view to exploring ways in which undergraduate courses in philosophy can build the understanding and practise of an inclusive discipline, concerned to foster equal participation in the profession. The aims of the prize are to encourage professionals developing and improving their teaching portfolios to consider critically how philosophy is presented, and to be innovative in implementing practices of teaching that off-set well-known disparities of participation in the discipline, for instance along race and gender lines.

    Criteria of evaluation

    • Significant innovation in curriculum that successfully promotes equity and diversity within the discipline, particularly with respect to underrepresented or marginalised groups in the profession
    • Innovation in pedagogy that successfully promotes broader participation in the discipline
    • High quality in course design and delivery

    The prize is open to individuals, or groups of individuals, teaching undergraduate philosophy courses in Australasian Universities.

    Entries/nominations for the prize close on 29 February 2016. More>>


  • 15 Dec 2015 11:20 AM | Anonymous
    AAP Media Prize

    The Australasian Association of Philosophy offers an annual prize of $500 for the best philosophical piece(s) published by a professional philosopher in the popular media in Australasia. First awarded in 1999, the main criterion for the award of the prize is the ability of the piece(s) to engage the interest of the general public in philosophy or some philosophical issue. Consideration is also given to the quality of the philosophical discussion and to the size of the audience reached. Previous winners of the AAP Media Prize include Henry Martyn Lloyd (2015), Patrick Stokes (2014) Damon Young (2013), Paul Biegler (2012), Peter Slezak (2011), Caroline West (2010) and John Armstrong (2009).

    The AAP invites entries/nominations for media work from professional philosophers in Australasia (including postgraduates and also retired academic philosophers) published in 2015. Entries/nominations may come from the author or from others. The closing date for entries is 29th February 2016.

    Further information about the AAP Media Prize, including conditions of entry, can be found at: http://www.aap.org.au/AAPmediaprize

    AAP Media Professionals' Award

    The Australasian Association of Philosophy offers an occasional award of $500 to journalists and other media professionals for excellence in the presentation of philosophy or philosophical issues in the media. The main criterion for the award of the prize is the ability of the piece to engage the interest of the general public in philosophy or some philosophical issue. Consideration is also given to the quality of the philosophical discussion and to the size of the audience reached. Previous winners of the AAP Media Professionals' Award are Tim Dean (The Conversation), Antonia Case (New Philosopher), Natasha Mitchell (All in the Mind) and Alan Saunders (Philosopher's Zone).

    The AAP invites entries/nominations for media work from journalists, presenters, producers, editors and others based in Australasia published in 2015. Entries/nominations may come from the author or from others. The AAP Media Professionals' Award is offered no more than once each year, and may not be made every year. The closing date for entries is 29th February 2016.

    Further information about the AAP Media Professionals' Award , including conditions of entry, can be found at: http://www.aap.org.au/mediaprofessionalsaward


  • 15 Dec 2015 9:56 AM | Anonymous

    The 2016 Australasian Association of Philosophy Conference will be held at Monash University Caulfield Campus from July 3 through July 7.

    The Presidential Address will be given by Jeanette Kennett. The Alan Saunders Lecture will be given by Susan Wolf. There will be keynote addresses from Sally Haslanger, Cristina Bicchieri, and Hille Haker.

    More details to follow.

    The AAP conference will be following immediately by the 40th. Anniversary Symposium of the International Association of Women Philosophers at Monash University Clayton Campus from July 7 through July 10. The baton will pass from one conference to the other in the early evening of July 7.


  • 12 Oct 2015 9:57 AM | Anonymous

    Tristram Oliver-Skuse prize winning paper, "Anger Felt Towards a Bin-licking Dog" is now available for download here.

  • 18 Sep 2015 10:10 AM | Anonymous

    The Australasian Philosophical Review is the AAP's new open peer commentary
    journal. It publishes invited target articles by authors from all areas of
    philosophy, together with invited and open peer commentaries on those
    invited target articles, and authors' responses to those commentaries. Each
    issue has a different curator (chosen by a committee of the Australasian
    Association of Philosophy); the curator is responsible for the choice of
    the authors of the invited target article and the invited commentaries.

    When a target article and associated invited commentaries have been
    prepared, a call will be sent out for open commentary proposals. As one
    part of the process of building the system for submission and processing of
    these proposals, the APR is calling for people to join its open peer
    commentary community.

    In order to register to receive our calls for open commentary proposals,
    you need to send the following three pieces of information in an email to
    Graham.Oppy@monash.edu with "APR Open Peer Commentary Community" as the
    Subject line:

    1. Your full name

    2. Your institutional email address

    3. Your institutional affiliation

    If you do not have an institutional affiliation, please write "independent
    scholar" against 3. In this case, please give the one among your email
    addresses that it likely to be most enduring at 2.


    Professor Graham Oppy
    School of Philosophical, Historical and International Studies
    Menzies Building
    20 Chancellor's Walk
    Monash University VIC 3800

  • 17 Sep 2015 2:39 PM | Anonymous

    Obituary: Graeme Donald Marshall

    [30-4-1934 – 7-1-2015]

    Graeme Marshall was for many years Reader in Philosophy at the University of Melbourne. He was born in 1934 at Hamilton, New Zealand. His first degree was an MA from the – now extinct – University of New Zealand – which he attended Victoria University College, Wellington. He moved to Melbourne where he completed his PhD. Graeme Marshall’s father was a minister of the Presbyterian Church, and Graeme was for a time reading for Holy Orders in that denomination: he described himself as a ‘Scotto Catholic’. The first Professor of Philosophy at VUC, appointed in the mid 1950s, was the Rev’d G.E. Hughes, an Anglo Catholic. I, a Roman Catholic, had just been appointed Junior Lecturer in Philosophy (1954) and G.D.M. attended my lectures on Baby Logic and Russelian Logic in 1954, without – as far as I know – complaint. Despite his immersion in a religious soup at VUC, Marshall became a non-believer, a Humeian Sceptic. In the conduct of his life Graeme Marshall was a polished stoic – especially when he succumbed to throat cancer, which he survived for many years.

    Graeme Marshall married three times to Brenda, Eva and Yasmin; and his children Adrian, Holly and Sam, and grandchildren Milo, Jude, Toby and Thai, survive him.

    Marshall’s philosophical acumen was widely respected, and he attended seminars at St. Edmund Hall in the University of Oxford. His contributions to the topic of ‘weakness of will’ – (in which he did not believe) are acknowledged by the Hall’s Principal (1982-1996), Justin Gosling, in his book Weakness of the Will (1990). Marshall wore the Teddy Hall scarf and tie on High Days. In his retirement year the College gave him a grand send-off dinner: the University of Melbourne gave him a weekend of papers en hommage. Marshall also lectured at Kings College in the University of London, for at least two sessions in the late 1980s.

    Marshall joined the Melbourne Depaertment in 1965, and retired at the end of 1999. He was an acknowledged master of the writings of Ludwig Wittgenstein, when Wittgenstein was a significant influence in the Melbourne Department, with Camo Jackson, Douglas Gasking, Don Gunner and Kevan Presa as well as Marshall. Graeme Marshall was a fine teacher; and perhaps his greatest gift as a teacher was to infuse into his students a vital sense of philosophy as a conversational practice which might then inform their lives beyond strict philosophy as well as within it. Right around Australia Marshall was a prominent and respected philosophical presence for more than thirty years. His contributions at conferences and other philosophical gatherings across that time were invariably acute, clear, and precise, and always offered in a collaborative and generous spirit.

    A connoisseur of wine, food and ceremony Marshall was the first – and last – manciple to the Philosophy Department at the University of Melbourne. This mediaeval rôle had to do – I think – with his being on the wine committee of Staff Club of the University of Melbourne, an institution of which he was a life member. Marshall is remembered with affection by his colleagues for his urbanity, brilliant philosophical conversation, and for somewhat eighteenth century or Oxonian turns of phrase. In this Stoicism and style he modelled himself on the philosopher whose view of life he most admired, le bon David.

    Patrick Hutchings

    Christopher Cordner

    20 July 2015


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