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Robert Sinnerbrink is Associate Professor of Philosophy and an ARC Future Fellowship recipient. As an undergraduate he studied medicine, creative writing, film, and philosophy. He received First Class Honours and the University Medal in Philosophy before being awarded his PhD on Hegel, Heidegger, and the Metaphysics of Modernity at the University of Sydney in 2002 (http://hdl.handle.net/2123/5710). As a postgraduate he spent six months studying at the Humboldt Universität in Berlin. After returning to Australia, he taught philosophy at a number of institutions including the University of Sydney, UTS, UNSW, The College of Fine Arts, and Macquarie University, before joining the Macquarie Department of Philosophy in July 2002.

Robert's research areas of interest include aesthetics, philosophy of film, phenomenology, critical theory, Heidegger, and social philosophy. His is completing an ARC Future Fellowship project (FT130100334), entitled 'Cinematic Ethics: Exploring Ethical Experience through Film' (2014-2017), which included a research collaboration with the University of Glasgow.

Robert is a former Chair of the Australasian Society for Continental Philosophy (ASCP) and former member of the ASCP's executive committee. He has been a member of the Sydney Society for Literature and Aesthetics, the International Association for Philosophy and Literature, and a former co-convenor of the Sydney Seminar for the Arts and Philosophy. He is currently on the editorial boards of the journals Film-Philosophy, Projections: The Journal of Movies and Mind, and Transformations, the editorial advisory board of Parrhesia: A Journal of Critical Philosophy, Film and Philosophy, and the general editorial board of the journal Derrida Today (Edinburgh University Press).

His current research explores the intersection between philosophy and cinema with a focus on the idea of cinematic ethics: the philosophical potential of cinema as a medium of ethical experience.

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critical theory Social Sciences
political philosophy Social Sciences
politics Social Sciences
ideology Social Sciences
ideology critique Social Sciences
Philosophy Arts & Humanities
nihilism Social Sciences
anarchism Social Sciences

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Projects 2009 2019

Taste and community: the cultural origins of personal experience

Sinnerbrink, R., McMahon, J., Guyer, P., von Sturmer, D., Matthen, M., Freeland, C., Healy, C. & Cordeiro, S.


Project: Research

Cinematic Ethics: Exploring Ethical Experience through Film

Sinnerbrink, R., MQRES, M. & MQRES 2, M. 2.

24/02/14 → …

Project: Research

Appointments and Schedules

Research Outputs 1992 2019

Terrence Malick: filmmaker and philosopher

Sinnerbrink, R., 2019, London ; New York: Bloomsbury Academic. 224 p. (Philosophical Filmmakers)

Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

Terrence Malick

The missing link: Meunier on imagination and emotional engagement

Sinnerbrink, R., 2019, The structures of the film experience by Jean-Pierre Meunier: historical assessments and phenomenological expansions. Hanich, J. & Fairfax, D. (eds.). Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, p. 190-203 14 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterResearchpeer-review

Open Access
Mental Simulation
Cultural Analysis

Emotional engagement and moral evaluation: exploring cinematic ethics

Sinnerbrink, R., 2018, Social aesthetics and moral judgment: pleasure, reflection and accountability. McMahon, J. A. (ed.). New York ; London: Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group, p. 196-212 17 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterResearchpeer-review

Moral Evaluation
Noel Carroll
Cognitive Dissonance

Love Sick: Malick's Kierkegaardian 'Weightless' Trilogy

Sinnerbrink, R., 14 Aug 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Paragraph.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleResearchpeer-review


Philosophy Encounters Film: From Film-Philosophy to Cinematic Thinking

Sinnerbrink, R., 2018, (Accepted/In press) Film Theory Handbook. London: Anthem Press

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterResearchpeer-review

Activities 2011 2011

  • 1 Editorial work

Film-philosophy (Journal)

Robert Sinnerbrink (Reviewer)
2011 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial work

Press / Media

Cinempathy: Doing Ethics on Screen

Robert Sinnerbrink


1 item of media coverage

Press/Media: Other