Philosophers at the University of Wollongong work primarily in contemporary and applied philosophy, conducting research on problems such as the impact of biotechnology on humans and the environment, the ethical implications of global poverty, the limits of free speech, the relationship between cognition, language, and the brain, and the nature of scientific investigation and explanation. We offer a wide variety of undergraduate subjects, as well as Honours and Postgraduate degrees.
Our staff are active researchers who regularly publish on the subjects that they teach, exposing students to a range of current ideas about complex problems. We also regularly host workshops, conferences, and a visiting speaker series, allowing students access to influential thinkers from around Australia and abroad.
Philosophy Staff and Areas of Research
- Dr Keith Horton (Moral and Political Philosophy)
- Dr Patrick McGivern, Program Convenor (Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Computing)
- Dr David Neil (Applied Ethics, Political Philosophy)
- Dr David Simpson (Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Mind, Wittgenstein)
- Dr Sarah Sorial (Political Philosophy, Philosophy of Law)
Honorary Research Fellows
- Dr John Burgess (Philosophical Logic, Applied Philosophy)
- Dr Denise Russell (Environmental Philosophy, Animal Ethics)
Undergraduates can enrol in Philosophy subjects either as part of a Philosophy major, or to complement their studies in other fields. Studying Philosophy allows students to develop their abilities to analyze problems, evaluate solutions, and articulate ideas in a clear and rigorous manner. These are valuable skills in almost every career, and Philosophy students are routinely among the top performers on standardized exams such as the GMAT and LSAT.
Honours and Postgraduate Studies
We offer expert supervision for students interested in higher research degrees in Applied Ethics, Moral Philosophy, Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Science, and Political Philosophy. For more information, contact the Program Convenor or a staff member working in your area of interest.