• 13 Jun 2017 11:01 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The AAP is pleased to announce the shortlist for the 2017 AAP Postgraduate Presentation Prize  more>>

  • 21 Apr 2017 11:52 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    An additional stream is now available for abstract submissions to the 2017
    AAP Conference (hosted by the University of Adelaide, 2-6 July).

    *Remembering Josh Parsons*

    Convenors: Dan Marshall (Lingnan) and Antony Eagle (Adelaide)

    This stream will be dedicated to remembering Josh Parsons and his
    philosophical work. The organisers welcome submissions on any topics that
    Josh worked on, including but not limited to: persistence, time, location,
    truthmaking, mereology, imperatives, contextualism, and relativism.

    Registration, abstract submission and further information about the
    conference is available via the conference website:

  • 17 Apr 2017 8:40 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Australasian Postgraduate Philosophy Conference 2017 will be held at the University of Queensland in Brisbane from Friday 24th until Sunday 26th November 2017, with a public plenary on the Friday.

    The University of Queensland APPC Committee invites postgraduate students from all Australasian Universities to submit abstracts on any philosophical topic up to a maximum of 200 words.

    The call for papers can be found here

    University of Queensland APPC committee

  • 01 Mar 2017 12:58 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Registrations & Abstract Submissions for the AAP 2017 Conference are now open.

    Register, Submit here.

  • 20 Dec 2016 2:19 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    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 is open to female professional philosophers who are actively engaged in an Australasian higher education and/or research institution. The prize was first awarded in 2016 to Monima Chadha (Monash University).

    Entries/nominations for pieces published in 2016 should be in electronic copy and must be received by the Executive Officer no later than 28th February 2017

    For further information about the AAP Annette Baier Paper Prize, including a nomination form, see:

  • 20 Dec 2016 2:18 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    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.

    Entries/nominations for the prize close on 28 February 2017. For further information see:

  • 20 Dec 2016 2:17 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    AAP Media Prize

    The AAP invites entries/nominations for media work from professional philosophers in Australasia (including postgraduates and also retired academic philosophers) published in 2016. Entries/nominations may come from the author or from others. The closing date for entries is 28th February 2017.

    Further information about the AAP Media Prize, including conditions of entry, can be found at:

    AAP Media Professionals' Award

    The AAP invites entries/nominations for media work from journalists and other media professionals based in Australasia published in 2016. 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 28th February 2017.

    Further information about the AAP Media Professionals' Award, including conditions of entry, can be found at:

  • 09 Dec 2016 2:38 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The 2017 conference of the Australasian Association of Philosophy will be held at the University of Adelaide between 2-6 July 2017. The conference commences on the afternoon of Sunday  2 July with a reception followed by the Presidential Address delivered by Professor Daniel Stoljar. It concludes with a conference dinner on the evening of Thursday 6 July.

    Keynote speakers will be Professors Karen Bennett (Cornell), Paul Guyer (Brown), Nancy Sherman (Georgetown) and Barry Smith (London). Nancy Sherman will also deliver the 2017 Alan Saunders Lecture on the evening of Tuesday 4 July.

    Registration and abstract submission will open in late February 2017 through the conference website.

    Proposals for conference streams may be made until the end of January 2017, by contacting the conference organizers.

    Garrett Cullity
    Antony Eagle
    Jordi Fernandez
    Denise Gamble
    Philip Gerrans
    Jenny McMahon
    Gerard O'Brien
    Jon Opie

  • 19 Oct 2016 8:37 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    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 2017 Australasian Postgraduate Philosophy Conference (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. Hosting the conference provides the opportunity to gain valuable experience in conference organisation and committee management as well as promoting your university's philosophy program. 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 Canberra, Adelaide, Sydney and Auckland.


    A successful bid will justify their selection of the conference dates and will likely contain a budget with an indication of expected funding 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 2017 APPC close December 31st. Bidders are not restricted to groups from a single university and it may be helpful in terms of funding sources and organising resources to link up with others from local institutions.


    If you are interested in hosting the 2017 APPC, or would like any further information about hosting an APPC, including the APPC Hosting Guide, please contact Toby Solomon (<>).

    Toby Solomon

  • 12 Oct 2016 10:02 AM | Anonymous member

    Vale György Márkus, Emeritus Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Sydney. Died October 5, 2016 at the age of 82.

    In 1978, the philosophical community in Sydney became the beneficiary of political conflict in Eastern Europe. Having been forced from his university post in Budapest in 1973, György Márkus arrived at the University of Sydney in 1978 to take up a lectureship in the then Department of General Philosophy. György soon become “George”, a warmly admired and widely respected philosophical presence in an otherwise fractious local environment.

    In Hungary, a younger Márkus had been a student of the well-known Georg (György) Lukacs, and not surprisingly his major philosophical commitments were to a type of a Hegel-inspired, humanist variant of Marxism that within the Eastern European context some had seen as an alternative to the state-sanctioned version. Colleagues and students at Sydney, however, soon came to appreciate a philosophical depth that transcended particular theoretical commitments. George’s massive erudition in the history of philosophy was most obvious in his command of philosophies of Kant and the German Idealists, but he also had a deep understanding of the main currents of Anglo-American philosophy—then unusual in central and eastern European trained philosophers. He had translated Wittgenstein’s Tractatus Logico-Philosophicus into Hungarian, corresponded with the American neo-realist Roy Wood Sellars, and in the 1960s travelled to the US with the intention of studying with his son, Wilfrid, only to end up at Harvard with W. V. O. Quine.

    In the Sydney context, many philosophy undergraduates had their first exposure to social and political philosophy via his inspiring and powerful introductory first-year course. At higher levels, he introduced many to the history of Marxism, contemporary European philosophical philosophical movements such as Habermasian pragmatics and Gadamerian hermeneutics, but, especially, Kant and German idealism. Márkus’s teaching could simply be life-transforming, and it is difficult to capture the unique philosophical personality that many undergraduate and postgraduate students in these years were fortunate enough to experience at first hand. A former colleague, John Burnheim, perhaps comes closest in describing George’s “extraordinarily powerful combination of authentic sensibility and concern to get things right”.

    It was this refusal to cut intellectual corners and to be satisfied with merely convenient answers that inspired those with whom he came into contact. The recognition of his work, especially in Europe and the United States, later led to his election to both the Australian Academy of the Humanities and the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. After retirement from his position at Sydney in 1999 and the award of emeritus status, he continued to teach courses for a number of years, both in Sydney and in Budapest. In more recent years he concentrated his researches on a theory of culture, some of the results of which have appeared in the volume, Culture, Science, Society: The Constitution of Cultural Modernity, published by Brill in 2014.

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