Philosophy Departmental Seminars


Sean Donahue
Philosophy Departmental Seminars

Upcoming talks in the Philosophy Departmental Seminar Series are listed below. Seminars are held on Thursdays (unless indicated on the schedule) from 2:00-3:30pm in the Auditorium, Level 1, RSSS Building. They're followed by tea and a casual dinner within walking distance of campus. All are welcome.

The 2023 seminar convenor is Sean Donahue (

Other philosophy seminars at ANU

  • The ANU Philosophy Society (Philsoc), which is run by ANU Philosophy students, also operates a seminar series, on Tuesdays. Papers are read by students, staff and visitors, and there is wine and snacks.
  • The Centre for Consciousness has regular seminars, most of which are part of the RSSS Thursday Seminar Series or the ANU Philosophy Society series.
  • The Automated Reasoning Project has occasional seminars on logic that may be of interest to philosophers.

Seminar announcements

Announcements of forthcoming meetings of all four seminar series are distributed by means of the philsoc list. To join the philsoc mailing list or unsubscribe from it, click here.

Past events

The Unity of Dreams - Cecily Whiteley

30 Nov 2023

Speaker: Cecily Whiteley When we are asleep, we are not uniformly unconscious — rather, our sleep is interspersed with bursts of conscious mental activity....

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Justifying Thresholds

23 Nov 2023

Speaker: Caleb Perl You shouldn’t scapegoat someone innocent to prevent five killings. But maybe you should scapegoat someone innocent when the numbers get...

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Speech Acts on Social Media: Algorithms, Amplifiers, and Affordances

16 Nov 2023

Speaker: Michael Randall Barnes A great amount of communication now occurs on social media platforms. And sometimes these communicative acts cause and/or...

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Pandemic lottery preparedness: Preparing to ethically, fairly, and systematically allocate scarce resources in response to future infectious disease outbreaks

16 Nov 2023

Speaker: Gerard Vong Using the recent COVID-19 and MPox international outbreaks as examples, Dr Vong argues that when distributing a public health resource...

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Mitochondrial Donation in Australia: A philosophical report - Catherine Mills

2 Nov 2023

Speaker: Catherine Mills /*-->*/ /*-->*/ In March 2022, the Australian Parliament passed a bill allowing for a clinical trial of the assisted...

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The Puzzle of Musical Repetition - Jenny Judge

26 Oct 2023

Speaker: Jenny Judge /*-->*/ /*-->*/ Take any piece of music, from any genre you like: pop, classical, jazz, bluegrass, shoegaze, grunge, death metal...

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The repugnant conclusion and internal consistency of choice - Susumu Cato

19 Oct 2023

Speaker: Susumu Cato /*-->*/ /*-->*/ The mere addition paradox pioneered by Derek Parfit is revisited. The paradox revolves around two conditions: "...

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