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The Australian National University

Victoria McGeer

Position: Senior Research Fellow

School or Centre: Centre for Moral, Social and Political Theory

Phone: 61 2 6125 0125

Website: My profile website


PhD, MA, BA (Hons)


Victoria McGeer took her B.A. in Philosophy and Government at Dartmouth College and her Ph.D. in Philosophy at the University of Toronto. Her doctoral thesis was entitled, ‘The Meaning of Living Languages’. She held a Killam postdoctoral fellowship at Dalhousie University, shifting her area of specialization from the philosophy of language to the philosophy of mind. In 1992, she took up a position as Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Vanderbilit University, but took leave of absence until 1994 in order to do further postdoctoral work in Alison Gopnik’s developmental psychology laboratory at the University of California at Berkeley (funded under an award from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada). In 1998, she left her teaching job in the philosophy department at Vanderbilt in order to do further interdisciplinary work on autism and social cognition. In 2000 was appointed as a Senior Member of the McDonnell Project on Philosophy and the Neurosciences (led by Professor Kathleen Akins of Simon Fraser University). In 2004 she was appointed Research Scholar at the University Center for Human Values and Lecturer in the Dept. of Philosophy at Princeton University, receiving tenure in 2007.

Research Interests

  • Philosophical Psychology (Incl. Moral Psychology And Philosophy Of Action)
  • Philosophy Of Cognition
  • Philosophy Of Mind (Excl. Cognition)
  • Ethical Theory

Projects and Grants

The Demands of Reason (Secondary Investigator)

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