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Information for Prospective Students
The Department of Philosophy at Adelaide is small but vibrant, with an active graduate program, offering both a research masters (MPhil) and a PhD. If you are interested in pursuing a research degree here, I would be glad to discuss the programs and possible thesis topics with you.
I am interested in working with students on many topics in metaphysics, philosophy of probability, the philosophy of logic and language, epistemology/philosophy of science and philosophy of physics.
Information about the application process can be obtained from the link above and the Adelaide Graduate Centre, but I’m happy to give informal advice to students wishing to work with me. The crucial thing to note about the process here is that an applicant needs to have a research proposal before applying, even for students at the MPhil level. I am happy to assist appropriately qualified prospective students with this part of the process.
Below are some details of student theses I’ve supervised, as primary supervisor except where noted. These indicate some of the topics I’m comfortable supervising, but by no means all. See also my entry in the Philosophy Family Tree.
- Khristos Nizamis, Perception: Intentionality and Physicality (Adelaide, PhD in progress).
- Katherine Dormandy, Rationality: An Expansive Bayesian Theory (Oxford, DPhil 2012), now research fellow at Innsbruck (secondary supervisor).
- Barbara Vetter, Potentiality and Possibility (Oxford, DPhil 2010), now Professor at Freie Universität Berlin (secondary supervisor).
- Luke Fenton-Glynn, A Probabilistic Analysis of Causation (Oxford, DPhil 2009), now Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at UCL.
- Michael Lazarou, An Object Level Account of Metaphysical Indeterminacy (Adelaide, MPhil in progress).
- Mark Coleman, Realist and Anti-Realist Approaches in Philosophy of Science: Perspective and Representational Pluralism in Scientific Discovery (Adelaide, MPhil 2016) (secondary supervisor).
- Seungil Lee, Restricted Material Composition (Oxford, BPhil 2012), now a graduate student in philosophy at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
- Harjit Bhogal, Laws and Modelling in Economics (Oxford, BPhil 2010); continued to PhD at NYU, now Assistant Professor of Philosophy at University of Maryland College Park.
- Luke Fenton-Glynn, Causation and Causal Explanation (Oxford, BPhil 2006), continued to DPhil.
- John Poland, Dispositions and Laws of Nature (Oxford, BPhil 2006).
- Trevor Smith, Light Signals and Preferred Foliations: Presentism and the Relativistic Objections (Adelaide, BA (Hons) 2016), continued to MPhil.
- Julia Mak, Fine’s Standard Realism as an A-Theory (Adelaide, BA (Hons) 2015).
- Astrid Lane, Negative Causal Claims (Adelaide, BA (Hons) 2014), now a graduate student in Politics and Classics at University of Adelaide.
- Charlotte Lawrence, Structural Realism – a middle way? (Oxford, MPhysPhil 2006).
- Matthew Hodgetts, Mereological Nihlism (Oxford, BA 2006).