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I completed a B.A. (Hons) First Class in Philosophy at Latrobe University in Melbourne, Australia. I then completed a M.A. mit Auszeichnung at the Goethe-Universität, in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. I also received my Dr. Phil. (magna cum laude) from the Goethe Universität, with a dissertation on Searle’s Theory of Speech Acts supervised by Karl-Otto Apel and Jürgen Habermas. After a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of New South Wales, I taught at the ANU from 1993 until 2000, then at the University of Sydney until 2007. In 2008 I returned to the ANU, where I have been ever since.

I work primarily on German philosophy of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, with emphasis on the phenomenology of Husserl and Heidegger; and in the philosophy of technology and sustainability. But I also have a background in analytical philosophy and in Descartes, Kant, Hegel, Marx and Critical Theory, and Gadamer and hermeneutics.

A crucial part of my work is the building of interdisciplinary links to other areas of the ANU relevant to sustainability, in particular, the Fenner School of Environment and Society. I see these as enabling a new kind of engagement for philosophers, beyond the usual round of conferencing, paper-giving, publishing and intra-disciplinary teaching.



‘Two Kinds of Economy, Two Kinds of Self—Toward More Manageable, Hence More Sustainable and Just Supply Chains’, in Human Ecological Review, Vol. 21, No.2 (2015), pp.3-21


‘Sustainability and Sustainable Development: Philosophical Distinctions and Practical Implications’, co-authored with Donald Hector and James Petrie, in Environmental Values, Vol. 23, No.1 (2014), pp.8-28

‘Human Ecology as Philosophy’, in Human Ecological Review, Vol. 20, No.2 (2014), pp.31-50


‘The Horizonal Structure of Perceptual Experience’, in Logical Analysis and History of Philosophy/Philosophiegeschichte und Logische Analyse, Vol. 16 (2013), edited by Uwe Meixner and Albert Newen, pp.109-141


‘The Problem of das Man—A Simmelian Solution’, in Inquiry - An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy, Vol. 55, No. 3, 2012, pp.262–288

‘Human Behavior and Sustainability’, co-authored with Joern Fischer, Robert Dyball, Ioan Fazey, Stephen Dovers, Paul R. Ehrlich, Catherine Gross, Robert J. Brulle and Richard J. Borden, in Frontiers of Ecology, Vol. 10, No. 3 (2012), pp. 153-160


‘The World’, in Routledge Companion to Phenomenology, edited by Sebastian Luft and Søren, Overgaard, London and New York: Routledge, 2011, pp.211-221


‘A Problem Structuring Method for Complex Societal Decisions: its Philosophical and Psychological Dimensions’, co-authored with Donald Hector and James Petrie, in European Journal of Operations Research, Vol. 193, No. 3, March, 2009, pp.693-708

‘Is a radical ecopolitics secular and how might it be?’, in Politics and Religion in the New Century: Contemporary Perspectives, edited by Philip Quadrio and Carrol Besseling, Sydney University Press, 2009, pp.291-325


Self and World: From Analytic Philosophy to Phenomenology, Berlin and New York: Walter de Gruyter, 2008

Dialogue with Will McNeill on Heidegger’s Notion of Technicity and its Relevance for the Politics of Sustainability, a discussion arising from my paper ‘What is so Sustainable about Services? The Truth in Service and Flow’, in Design Philosophy Papers, Vol. 6, Issue 1, 2008, http://www.desphilosophy.com/dpp/dpp_index.html

‘Redirecting Affective Dispositions’, in Design Philosophy Papers, Vol. 6, Issue 2, 2008, http://www.desphilosophy.com/dpp/dpp_index.html


‘What are the Categories in Sein und Zeit? Brandom on Heidegger on Zuhandenheit’, in European Journal of Philosophy, Vol. 15, August, No. 2, 2007, pp.159-185

‘Nichts Neues unter der Sonne: Bewußtsein und Selbstbewußtsein bei Paul Natorp’, in Kant-Studien, Vol. 98, No. 3, September, 2007, pp.372-398

‘What is so Sustainable about Services? The Truth in Service and Flow’, in Design Philosophy Papers, Vol. 5, No.4, December, 2007, http://www.desphilosophy.com/dpp/dpp_index.html


‘Popping the Bubble: The Ethical Responsibility of Design’, in Design Philosophy Papers, invited contribution to a special issue on design and philosophy, Vol. 4, No.2, July, 2006, http://www.desphilosophy.com/dpp/dpp_index.html


‘Problem-Structuring of Complex Sustainability Decisions: the Case of Sydney’s Water Supply’, co-authored with Donald Hector and James Petrie, in Proceedings of the World Congress of Chemical Engineering, Glasgow, Scotland, July 10th – 14th, 2005, pp.1-10

‘The Material Basis of Everyday Rationality: Transformation by Design or Education?’, in Design Philosophy Papers, Vol. 3, No.4, December, 2005, http://www.desphilosophy.com/dpp/dpp_index.html; print version in Design Philosophy Papers Collection Three, edited by Anne-Marie Willis, Ravensbourne, Australia: Team D/E/S Publications, 2007, pp.40-53


‘Wie Man Gedanken und Anschauungen zusammenführt: Eine Rekonstruktion von Mind and World’, in Deutsche Zeitschrift für Philosophie, Vol. 48, No. 6, December, 2000, pp.891-914

‘Escape from Twin Earth – Putnam’s “Logic” of Natural Kind Terms’, in International Journal of Philosophical Studies, Vol. 9, 2001, pp.123-150


‘What does (the young) Heidegger mean by the Seinsfrage?’, in Inquiry - An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy, Vol. 42, No.3-4, November, 1999, pp.411-438


‘Getting Heidegger off the West Coast’, in Inquiry - An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy, Vol. 41, No.1, March, 1998, pp.65-87


‘Meaning Things and Meaning Others’, in Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, Vol. 57, No. 3, September, 1997, pp.495-522

‘Heidegger’s Representationalism’, in Review of Metaphysics, Vol. 51, No.1, September, 1997, pp.77-103

‘Louis Dumont’s German Ideology: From France to Germany and Back’, review essay in The Australian Journal of Anthropology, Vol. 8, No. 3, December, 1997, pp.361-365


‘Peirce’s Transformation of Kant’, in Review of Metaphysics, Vol. 48, No. 1, September, 1994, pp.91-120


‘Sense, Subject and Horizon’, in Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, Vol. 53, No. 4, December, 1993, pp.749-779


Intentionality and Language: A Critical Examination of Searle’s Theory of Speech Acts, Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann, 1991


‘Gegen den Bedeutungsnominalismus’, in Intentionalität und Verstehen, hrsg. von Wolfgang Köhler, Forum für Philosophie, Frankfurt am Main: Suhrkamp-Verlag, 1990, pp.55-87