• 15 Dec 2015 11:20 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    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:

    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:

  • 15 Dec 2015 9:56 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    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 member (Administrator)

    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 member (Administrator)

    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 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 member (Administrator)

    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

  • 26 Aug 2015 9:40 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The AAP's new quarterly philosophical journal -- the *Australasian Philosophical Review* -- is scheduled to launch in March, 2017.

    Each issue of the *Australasian Philosophical Review* will consist of a curatorial introduction, a target article, a set of invited commentaries on the target article, a set of open commentaries on the target article, and a response to the invited and open commentaries.

    Each issue of the *Australasian Philosophical Review* will have a different curator, and a different editorial team assembled by the given curator. The editorial team will appoint the author of the target article and the authors of the invited commentaries.

    The open commentaries will be written by people who have registered with the journal to be sent alerts when target articles (and invited commentaries) are released to the commentary community. An invitation for submission of proposals for open commentaries will be made when invited material for a forthcoming issue is released. The editorial team will select, from among the submitted proposals, those that will lead to invitations to submit completed commentaries. All of this process will be managed through an online platform that enables double-blind refereeing.

    The *Australasian Philosophical Review* is a general journal of philosophy. It will carry target articles -- and commentaries -- from all philosophical domains and orientations.

    The *Australasian Philosophical Review* is supported by an AAP APR Committee. One of the main functions of this Committee is to choose the curators for issues of the journal.

    The *Australasian Philosophical Review* is published by Taylor and Francis, the publishers of the *Australasian Journal of Philosophy*.

    There will be further announcements -- including a call for registration in our open commentary community -- in a few weeks from now.

    Graham Oppy

  • 06 Aug 2015 1:41 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The 2015 Australasian Postgraduate Philosophy Conference will be held at the University of Adelaide from 29th September-1st October. We invite submissions by postgraduate students in Philosophy and related fields; all topics welcome. All presentation slots will be 50 minutes, so talks should go for 30-35 minutes (with 15-20 minutes for discussion.)

    The deadline for submitting an abstract is Mon. 31st August, and the deadline for registration is Mon. 14th September. The deadline to apply for travel funding has now passed. Successful applicants will be notified by email shortly.

    To register, submit an abstract, or find out more, please visit our conference website:

    Registration is free. Upper level students (3rd years and Honours) are welcome to register to attend the conference (but may not present.)

    Confirmed keynote speakers:

    Dr. Lina Eriksson (

    Professor Philip Gerrans (

    Associate Professor Jenny McMahon (

    On behalf of the conference organising committee,

    Chris Letheby

    Conference Secretary

  • 14 Jul 2015 3:13 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The 2015 Alan Saunders Memorial Lecture presented by Assoc. Professor Cordelia Fine - 'The gender galaxy beyond Mars & Venus: Insights for science and society' at ABC Ultimo centre, Sydney, 7th July 2015, will be broadcast on ABC Radio National Big Ideas radio at 8.05 pm AEST this evening (Tuesday 14th July). The lecture is also available as a podcast, for further details see:

    At the lecture the following AAP Media prize winners were announced:

    Dr Henry Martyn Lloyd, University of Queensland, was awarded the 2015 AAP Media Prize for two pieces on free speech - an online article on The Drum (“Brandis misses the finer points of free speech”) and an interview with Ian Newton from Radio Adelaide. more>>

    Dr Tim Dean, science and technology section editor for The Conversation, was awarded the AAP Media Professionals' Award. more>>

    Beth Matthews, host and presenter of 'Radical Philosophy' on 3CR community radio, was awarded a commendation. more>> 

  • 07 Jul 2015 3:10 PM | Deleted user

    Congratulations to Professor Roy Sorensen, winner of the Australasian Journal of Philosophy Best Paper Award 2014.

  • 09 Apr 2015 9:02 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The AAP has produced the second of a series of notes that will collectively make up an AAP statement on gender: see 

    I urge all AAP members -- and, indeed, everyone associated with philosophy in Australia, New Zealand, and Singapore -- to think carefully about the further material that is linked to the note, and about the content of the note itself.

    Graham Oppy

    Chair, AAP Council

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