Albert Atkin

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I came to Macquarie in 2007. Prior to this I taught at University of Glasgow in Scotland. I hold a PhD from Sheffield University in the UK, where I completed a thesis on C.S. Peirce and Indexical Reference. 

Research student supervision

I am available to supervise postgraduate research on a wide range of topics, but I am especially interested in supervising work in the Philosophy of Race and applied philosophy of language. 

Past/Current Postgraduate Supervision

  1. PhD. Taylor-Jai McAlister - “Colouring Aboriginal Identity”- Towards an Indigenous-led social constructivist account of race (current)
  2. MRes. Inaki Pertierra - Modelling Infallible Knowledge as Rationally Indubitable Knowledge (current)
  3. PhD. Noel Clemente - Pedagogic Virtues (current)
  4. PhD. Martin Dowson - Divine Revelation (Awarded 2021)
  5. MRes. Ellen Konza - Epistemology of Forensic Science (Awarded 2021)
  6. PhD. Matthew Tuxford - Complexity Economics (Awarded 2019)
  7. PhD. Alex Gillett - Embodied Cognition (Co-Supervisor - Awarded 2018)
  8. PhD. Joel Stafford - The Application of Mathematics (Awarded 2015)
  9. PhD. Neil McDonnell - Counterfactuals and Causation (Awarded 2015)
  10. PhD. Stephanie Rennick - Foreknowledge (Awarded 2015)
  11. PhD. Wilson Cooper - Causation (Co-Supervisor - Awarded 2012)
  12. PhD. Lise Marie Anderson - Causation (Co-supervisor - Awarded 2011)
  13. MRes. Mehdi Faizy - Implicit Bias (Awarded 2016)
  14. MRes.MatthewTuxford - Complexity Economics (Awarded 2015)

Research interests

I have reseach interests and specialisms in:

  • The Philosophy of Race, particularly the metaphysics of race and the definition of racism. I am especially interested in how our definitions of race shape our social understanding of race.
  • C.S. Peirce, particularly his sign theory, and account of truth and pragmatism.
  • Applied Philosophy Language and Epistemology, particularly the language of racism, and racist political rhetoric.


I teach or have taught the following courses:
  • PHIL/PHIX 1307 Critical Thinking
  • PHL131 Mind Meaning and Metaphysics
  • PHL134 Formal Logic
  • PHL280 Truth and Reality
  • PHL280 The Philosophy of Language and Logic
  • PHL359 Pragmatism
  • PHIL352 Race and Identity
  • PHL/PHIL7002 - Research Topics

Community engagement

  • 2020 - Ongoing:  Faculty of Arts Diversity and Inclusion Committee Member
  • 2018 - Ongoing:  University GESAT Committee Member (now MQ-Inclusion)
  • 2017 - 2018:  University Thesis Examination Committee
  • 2017 - Ongoing:  Faculty of Arts Higher Degree Research Committee
  • 2017 - Ongoing:  Departmental Director of Higher Degree Research
  • 2012 - 2016: Faculty Quality and Standards Committee
  • 2012 - 2016: Departmental Director of Learning and Teaching
  • 2012 - 2016: Philosophy Curriculum Program Director


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