Philosophy PhD students




Sarah Anderson An ethical analysis of, and response to, child maltreatment and abuse in New Zealand.
Adam Dalgleish  
Sidney Diamante Armed with information: The octopus, cognition, and consciousness. I examine the implications of the octopus nervous system on theories of cognition and the nature of the mind. Of particular interest is the peripheral arm nervous system, which performs sensorimotor processing and control operations independent of the brain.
Marco Grix My doctoral research focuses on the link between human needs and the ethics and politics of consumption. I understand human needs as requirements to live well as a human being, so ultimately the question that I am interested is roughly this: Aiming at living sufficiently good human lives and keeping in mind both that others (including future generations) have similar needs and that our planet's resource base is already being over-exploited, what, how, and how much ought we to consume?
Charlotte Holtzke    
Lars Ivarsson Philosophy of agency: building from Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason and incorporating intersubjective views of practical reason from the (among others) the neo-Aristotelian tradition.
Vladimir Krstic The analysis of self-deception and its implications for concepts of rationality and the structure of the mind. I am searching for the proper explanation of supposedly misleading conception of self-deception understood as 'self-deceiving-itself'.
Zhen Liang The logical analysis of social attitudes and norms.
Szu-Yen Lin Philosophy of art: literary interpretation.
Robert Loretz

Kenneth MacPherson Martial micrographia: an inquiry into the infinitesimally small elements that transform butchers, bakers and candlestick makers into good soldiers. What transforms peaceful civilians hopelessly disinclined to go around murdering one another into good soldiers willing to cross entire continents in order to virtuously slaughter the enemy du jour?
Fiona Miles The ethics of difficult medical decision making in paediatric critical care
Zach Penman

Matthew Perryman How might we account for morality and human value in light of the value-free naturalism that characterizes life in modern civilization? I am interested in developing a reply to that question by engaging the Aristotelian naturalism of Foot and Anscombe and Charles Taylor's writings on self-interpretation and the modern identity.
Aleksandar Radakovic Cosmopolitanism and global justice
Matteo Ravasio Musical expressiveness between perception and imagination.
Zhu Rui My research focusses on constructing logic systems to model different epistemic scenarios, which is based on the technique from modal logic, dynamic epistemic logic and justification logic.
Bruce Sheridan I am interested in relationships between creativity and learning in the arts and sciences. My research focuses on imagination, improvisation and collaboration, and is informed by embodied mind / extended cognition theories.
Chung-Chen Soong The role of mental mechanisms in our emotional response to fictions.
Mark Tan Is an emotion-based approach capable of determining that one moral system is superior to another?
Fifi Wong  
Tom Yates  
Marcel Zentveld-Wale Libertas in nobis: Autonomy and the politics of virtu.