Department of Philosophy

Department of Philosophy

Philosophers not only seek answers to the fundamental questions of human existence but strive to keep pace with technology and science to answer questions that have yet to be asked.

Considered one of the best philosophy departments in Australasia, we offer a program that reflects a commitment to traditional philosophical pluralism, with long-standing strengths in metaphysics, ethics, social philosophy, philosophy of science, and philosophy  of the mind.

We adhere to Macquarie’s Learning and teaching strategic framework. For support in using our teaching tools such as iTeach and iLearn, see Macquarie’s teaching technologies and tools page. If you are having technical problems, raise a One-Help ticket to get assistance from the IT department.

Research and funding

A unique feature of the Department of Philosophy is its commitment to tackling the big philosophical questions of the future. Through strong cross-disciplinary collaborations, our academics explore the issues that lie at the intersection of law, culture, science, medicine and ethics: Can machines think? What is racism? Do patients have a right to treatment? Is our brain the real criminal?


We have strong links with other departments, research centres and faculties across the university, including the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, the Centre of Excellence for Cognition and its Disorders, the Department of Cognitive Science and the Department of Biological Science. Our department engages with universities both inside and outside of Australia, giving our research, academics and students an international platform for collaboration. Strong ties with other universities include the University of Aberdeen, Cambridge, Glasgow, Oxford, the University of Amsterdam, the Institut Jean Nicod, Monash University, California Institute of Technology and many more.

Research strengths

The department has long-standing research strengths in ethics, European philosophy, metaphysics, philosophical psychology, philosophy of mind and cognitive science, and social philosophy. More recently we have developed specialisations in clinical ethics, philosophy of biology, philosophy of race, neuroethics and moral cognition. A distinctive strength of philosophy research at Macquarie is a focus on human agency, mind and self.

The Faculty Research Office can help you with research-related questions, and should be your first point of contact. Further information can be found on Macquarie’s research web pages, including information on grants and funding.

If you have travel requirements for your research, Macquarie offers travel support and info. When it comes time to present your research, our marketing and communications team can help you understand our brand and media engagement guidelines.

If you are undertaking research, you must ensure compliance with the Human Ethics Committee and the Animal Ethics Committee if applicable.

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