How Philosophers Have Been Helping Australasians Through the COVID-19 Pandemic

The humanities have a vital role to play in any time of crisis and transition, and COVID-19 is certainly no exception. Throughout this extraordinary time, Australasian philosophers have been doing our part to make sense of where we are and how we should respond. 

Here’s just some of what professional philosophers in Australia and New Zealand have been up to:

  • Tim Smartt Institute for Ethics & Society at The University of Notre Dame Australia.
  • Richard de RozarioTim van Gelder From the Hunt Laboratory for Intelligence Research School of BioSciences, University of Melbourne led a Hunt Lab team supporting the Group of Eight in the development of the Roadmap to Recovery report for Government. For more information see 
  • Dr Marco Grix (Massey University) has the following two news articles:


           “Government must consider mandatory COVID-19 vaccination” published in both The Age & Sydney Morning Herald

            Mapping our COVID-19 recovery | Pursuit by The University of Melbourne


Our profession has a long and proud tradition of contributing to public life in Australia and New Zealand. If you’d like to learn more about how philosophers can add value to the media, contact the AAP’s media officer Sam Baron

The Australasian Association of Philosophy is the peak charity for the promotion of philosophical research, education and scholarship  in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. The AAP’s membership consists of academic philosophers, including students, as well as community members with an interest in philosophy. The AAP was founded in 1922 and seeks to promote philosophy in universities, schools, and among the general public.

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