Robert Sinnerbrink

Associate Professor

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1992 …2020

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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 ( 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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Research Outputs

Truths in documentary

Sinnerbrink, R., 23 Jan 2020, In : European Legacy.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Art philosophy: Ai Weiwei's Forever (2003)

Sinnerbrink, R., Jan 2019, In : Curator. 62, 1, p. 45-52 8 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • Division III of Heidegger's 'Being and Time': the unanswered question of being

    Sinnerbrink, R., 2019, In : The European Legacy: toward new paradigms. 24, 1, p. 107-112 6 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article/Exhibition review

    Film and ethics

    Sinnerbrink, R., 2019, Philosophy and film: bridging divides. Rawls, C., Neiva, D. & Gouveia, S. S. (eds.). New York ; London: Routledge, Taylor and Francis Group, p. 185-205 21 p. (Routledge research in aesthetics; no. 10).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Filmosophy/film as philosophy

    Sinnerbrink, R., 2019, The Palgrave handbook of the philosophy of film and motion pictures. Carroll, N., Di Summa-Knoop, L. T. & Loht, S. (eds.). Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan, p. 513-539 27 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

  • Activities

    • 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