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Research Biography

Paul Patton is a Philosopher with an international reputation in Social and Political Philosophy and Continental Philosophy. He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities and has served on the Council of the Australasian Association of Philosophy and the Executive Committee of the Australasian Society for Continental Philosophy. He was a member of the Australian Research Council College (Humanities and Creative Arts) from 2013-2015 and served on the Australian Laureate Fellowships Selection Advisory Committee in 2017 and 2018. At the University of New South Wales he has served on University level committees and in leadership positions in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and the School of Philosophy. He has extensive teaching experience in Australia, Europe and Asia and has successfully supervised more than 19 PhDs and 3 Masters dissertations. His work is translated into several languages and widely cited: his Current Google scholar h-index is 30 and i10 index 84.

Research Expertise

  • Continental Philosophy, Twentieth Century French Philosophy
  • Social and Political Philosophy, European and Anglo-American Political Philosophy
  • The Rights of Indigenous Peoples
  • History of European Philosophy, especially Kant, Marx and Nietzsche
  • History of Modern Political Thought
  • Aesthetics, Philosophy of Art and Literature

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Paris VI

… → 1979

Master, University of Sydney

… → 1975

Bachelor (Honours), University of Sydney

… → 1973


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