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The Australian National University

Kim Sterelny

Position: Professor, Laureate Fellow

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

Phone: 6125 2886, x 52886
Location: HC Coombs Building, Room 3203

Website: My profile website


After studying philosophy at Sydney University, Kim Sterelny taught philosophy in Australia at Sydney, ANU (where he was Research Fellow, and then Senior Research Fellow, in Philosophy at RSSS from 1983 until 1987), and La Trobe Universities, before taking up a position at Victoria University in Wellington, where he held a Personal Chair in Philosophy. For a few years he spent half of each year at Victoria University and the other half of each year with the Philosophy Program at RSSS, but from 2008 he has been full-time at ANU. His core interests are in the philosophy of biology, broadly construed. In the last decade, most of his work has been on the evolution of the distinctive forms of human social life, and on the cognitive capacities that make that social life possible. But he still tinkers away on other issues.

Sterelny has been a Visiting Professor at Simon Fraser University in Canada; Cal Tech ; at University of Maryland, College Park, in the USA, and at All Souls College Oxford and History and Philosophy of Science, Cambridge. His main research interests are Philosophy of Biology, Philosophy of Psychology and Philosophy of Mind. He is the author of The Representational Theory of Mind; Thought in A Hostile World; The Evolved Apprentice; The Evolution of Agency and Other essays. He is the co-author of Language and Reality (with Michael Devitt); Sex and Death: An Introduction to Philosophy of Biology (with Paul Griffiths); What is Biodiversity? (with James Maclaurin). He is Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities and the Royal Society of New Zealand.

Research Interests

  • History And Philosophy Of Science (Incl. Non Historical Philosophy Of Science)
  • Philosophy Of Language
  • Philosophy Of Cognition
  • Palaeoecology
  • Evolutionary Biology
  • Cognitive Sciences
  • Philosophy




Lakatos Prize; Jean Nicod Prize

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