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Professor Paul Formosa is the Head of the Department of Philosophy at Macquarie University and co-Director for the Macquarie University Ethics and Agency Research Centre (previously known as CAVE). Paul has been at Macquarie since 2009, and has been a Macquarie University Research Fellow, an Australian Research Council DECRA Fellow, and CI on various ARC Discovery Projects and industry funded research. Paul has also been an elected member of the University Senate and the Faculty Board and previously served as Department HDR and MRes Director.

Research interests

Paul has published widely on topics in moral and political philosophy, with a particular focus on Kantian ethics, moral evil, moral psychology, human dignity, and the philosophy of technology with a particular focus on the ethics of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and video games.

Research student supervision

Paul can supervise students across a range of topics in moral and political philosophy, and the philosophy of technology. While he mainly supervises students in philosophy, Paul has also co-supervised students in computing. He is open to taking on new students and he has supervised both theoretical and empirical projects.


Paul has taught the following units: PHIL3057 Theories of Justice; PHIL705 Foundations of Research in Ethics; PHL1032 Philosophy, Morality and Society; PHIL383/PHL354 Philosophy Capstone Unit; PHL3082 Agency and the Self; PHIL706 Research Topics in Ethics; PHIL202 Philosophy, Technology and the Future of Humanity; and FOAR7002 Research Frontier; PHIL2026 The Ethics and Moral Psychology of Good and Evil 


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