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The Australian National University

Frank Jackson

Position: Emeritus Professor

School or Centre: School of Philosophy

Phone: 61 2 6125 2340
Location: HC Coombs Building, Room 2208


Ba Bsc (Melbourne University)

PhD (La Trobe University)


Frank Cameron Jackson took mathematics and philosophy at the University of Melbourne and a PhD in philosophy at La Trobe University. He taught at Adelaide for a year (1967) before moving to La Trobe and then to a chair at Monash (1978). He joined the ANU in 1986 as Professor of Philosophy and Head of the Philosophy Program, Research School of Social Sciences.

At ANU Jackson has served as Director of the Institute of Advanced Studies (1998-2001), Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) (2001) and Director of the Research School of Social Sciences (2004-2007). He was appointed as Distinguished Professor at ANU in 2003. He retired in 2014 and is now an Emeritus Professor.

Jackson held a half-time appointment at Princeton University from 2007 to 2014. He has held a number of visiting positions, most recently as Leverhulme Professor of Philosophy at Cambridge University in 2011. He will be Lim Chong Yah Visiting Professor at The National University of Singapore in 2017. He gave the Locke Lectures at Oxford University in 1995, the Gavin David Young Lectures at Adelaide University in 2012, and will be giving the Carnap Lectures at Ruhr-University in 2017. His most recent book is Language, Names, and Information, Wiley-Blackwell, 2010, based on his Blackwell lectures at Brown University.

He is a member of the Australian Academy of the Humanities and the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy, and was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2006.

Research Interests

General, but concentrated in Philosophy of Mind and Cognitive Science, Epistemology and Metaphysics, Philosophy of Science, and Meta–Ethics.


Perception: A Representative Theory, Cambridge University Press, 1977.

Conditionals, Basil Blackwell, 1987

Philosophy of Mind and Cognition, Basil Blackwell, 1996; expanded 2nd edition, 2007. (With David Braddon–Mitchell.)

From Metaphysics to Ethics: A Defence of Conceptual Analysis, Clarendon Press, 1998.

Mind, Method, and Conditionals: Selected Essays, International Library of Philosophy, Routledge, 1998.

Language, Names and Information, Wiley-Blackwell, 2010

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