A Companion to Philosophy
in Australia and New Zealand
Edited by Graham Oppy and N. N. Trakakis
"An essential guide to the central debates and major currents of thought within Australasian philosophy."
— Adrian Walsh, Australian Book Review
This second edition of the Companion now includes the following topics: Australian Aboriginal Philosophy; History and Philosophy of Science; and The Oxbridge Connection. Also, an Addendum has been added to the article on the Australian Society of Legal Philosophy.
Philosophy in Australia and New Zealand has for some time now been experiencing something of a ‘golden age’. The richness of Australasia’s philosophical past, though less well known, should also not be forgotten. Australasian philosophy, although heavily indebted to overseas trends, includes much distinctive and highly original work.
The Companion contains a wide range of articles contributed by prominent philosophers and scholars, and includes biographical essays on selected philosophers, topics and controversies, as well as shorter entries on associations, research centres, departments, journals, pedagogy, and international links. Important philosophical contributions made by those working outside of the academy are also included, along with philosophy’s recent inroads into the wider community – in primary and secondary schools, community-based forums and ‘philosophy cafés’.
A Companion to Philosophy in Australia and New Zealand will provide scholars and the wider community, in Australia, New Zealand and beyond, with a greater appreciation of the philosophical heritage of this region, and will be a standard work of reference for many years to come.
‘Oppy and Trakakis’ judicious and authoritative Companion to Philosophy in Australia and New Zealand plumbs the depths, revealing much that will be news even to Australasian readers. This magnificent achievement outshines even Selwyn Grave’s loving 1984 A History of Philosophy in Australia.’
— Professor Graham Priest, University of Melbourne
About the Editors
Graham Oppy is Professor of Philosophy at Monash University. His recent publications include The Best Argument against God (Palgrave-Macmillan, 2013), The Antipodean Philosopher (Rowman & Littlefield, 2011 & 2012, co-edited with Nick Trakakis) and Reading Philosophy of Religion (Wiley-Blackwell, 2010, co-authored with Michael Scott).
N. N. Trakakis is a Research Fellow in Philosophy at the Australian Catholic University. He is a founding member of the Australasian Philosophy of Religion Association (APRA) and is the author of The God Beyond Belief (Springer, 2006) and The End of Philosophy of Religion (Continuum, 2008).
Professor John Bishop – University of Auckland
Emeritus Professor Max Charlesworth – Deakin University
Professor Max Creswell – Victoria University of Wellington
Emeritus Professor Max Deutscher – Macquarie University
Professor Moira Gatens – University of Sydney
Professor Frank Jackson – Princeton University and Australian National University
Professor Michael Levine – University of Western Australia
Professor Cynthia Macdonald – University of Canterbury
Professor Catriona Mackenzie – Macquarie University
Professor Chris Mortensen – University of Adelaide
Professor Philip Pettit – Princeton University
Professor Huw Price – University of Cambridge
Professor Michael Smith – Princeton University
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