Visiting Research Fellow
School of Humanities
Faculty of Arts
My research interests have shifted from an early career focus on philosophy of mind and philosophy of language to Kant's moral and aesthetic philosophy and moral and aesthetic issues in philosophy of film.
My Kantian research and writing resists the contemporary temptation to "naturalize" his philosophy and adopts a systemic approach within the parameters of his own metaphysical commitments. I am currently revising a paper I hope to eventually have published on Kant's humanity principle viewed in light of his philosophy of ideas of reason. Although this will be a theoretical work and not one in applied ethics it would have implications for moral status and rights of classes of human beings in certain areas of bioethics.
The immediate goal after that is to complete a monograph on Cinematic Realism for a currently being developed Brill book series on philosophy of film.
“Research” in Philosophy tends to fall either under the umbrella of scholarly rigorous conceptual analysis and interpretation giving rise to critical constructive advances in thinking about a subject matter or philosophical problem, or, under the umbrella of empirical philosophy. My research efforts most definitively fall under the former branch which is, arguably, the traditional endeavour of Philosophy. My research also falls under two University of Adelaide acknowledged areas of research strength for the School of Humanities and Philosophy: ethics and aesthetics. I have recently published a review of Kant’s ‘Doctrine of Right’: A Commentary, The Philosophical Quarterly (2014); (doi: 10.1093/pq/pqt049); and, an original article, Cinematic realism revisited: A Kantian perspective, is forthcoming in Journal of Philosophical Research (Volume 41 (2016)). I am also currently working on a related paper on Andre Bazin’s cinematic realism which I intent to submit to the journal Philosophy by mid-2016. This is in addition to re-writing sections of a paper on Kant’s Humanity principle considered in light of his theory of ideas of reason to be re-submitted Kantian Review during 2016. Completion of the above projects will free me to devote all my research time to completing a monograph, Cinematic realism revisited, for an upcoming Brill Book Series.
FACULTY SMALL GRANT – I received a second-round Faculty Small Grant in 2011 to work on a project in Philosophy of Film that focused on aesthetic, epistemological, and moral-political critiques of cinematic realism; I have defended cinematic realism through a Kantian aesthetics framework that relates morality and art in a way that has intrinsic transformative power and contrasted this with more externally opposed and mechanical conceptionsn of art's transformative function.
BRILL MONOGRAPH PROPOSAL
Robert Sinnerbrink, a well-known Australian scholar in Philosophy of Film with whom I have corresponded drew attention in 2015 to a Brill Book Series initiative inviting submissions of proposals for 75000 word monographs on a topic in Philosophy of Film. My proposal on Cinematic Realism addressing different conceptions of realism in film, from earlierst film theory to the current day, and including critical assessment of aesthetic and political-ideological critiques of cinematic realism to shed light on the controversal nature of realism, was accepted. My manuscript is in the early stages of development. For more detail on the series:
KANT'S MORAL PHILOSOPHY
I consider this the most important area of my research and scholarship and am committed to publishing if possible in an internationally recognised specialist A* philosophy journal Kantian Review. A version of my paper on Kant’s humanity principle, if accepted and published, would have considerable impact both in terms of Kant scholarship and applied ethics. My approach to Kant is systemic and engages with the spectrum of his metaphysical commitments, avoiding trends to "empiricise" Kant.
Date Position Institution name 2006 - 2007 Visiting scholar Harvard University 2003 - 2005 Associate Dean (OHS) Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences University of Adelaide 1992 Lecturer University of Adelaide 1991 - 1992 Lecturer (Fixed term) University of Wollongong 1990 - 1991 Visiting lecturer Rutgers University 1989 - 1989 Lecturer & Tutor (Fixed term) University of Sydney
Date Institution name Country Title 1982 - 1988 University of Sydney Australia PhD — University of Sydney Australia BA (1st Class Honours in Philosophy)
Year Citation 2016 Gamble, D. (2016). Cinematic realism revisited: a Kantian perspective. Journal of Philosophical Research, 41, 499-526.
2014 Gamble, D. (2014). Kant's ‘Doctrine of Right’: a Commentary. By B. Sharon Byrd Joachim Hruschka. (Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2010. Pp. x + 308. Price $52.00 paperback; $125.00 hardback.). The Philosophical Quarterly, 64(255), 340-343.
2005 Gamble, D. (2005). Potentialism and the value of an embryo. Public Affairs Quarterly, 19(4), 265-299.
2003 Gamble, D. (2003). Manifestability and semantic realism. Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, 84(1), 1-23.
2002 Gamble, D. (2002). Defending semantic realism. Language & Communication, 22(3), 243-258.
DOI Scopus2 WoS1
1997 Gamble, D. (1997). P-Consciousness presentation/A-consciousness representation. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 20(1), 149-150.
DOI Scopus2 WoS4
1997 Gamble, D. (1997). Kantian ethics almost without apology. AUSTRALASIAN JOURNAL OF PHILOSOPHY, 75(4), 539-541. 1995 GAMBLE, D. D. (1995). PHILOSOPHICAL DARWINISM - ON THE ORIGIN OF KNOWLEDGE BY MEANS OF NATURAL-SELECTION - MUNZ,P. AUSTRALASIAN JOURNAL OF PHILOSOPHY, 73(3), 498-499. 1995 GAMBLE, D. D. (1995). REPRESENTATION, MEANING AND THOUGHT - GILLETT,G. AUSTRALASIAN JOURNAL OF PHILOSOPHY, 73(3), 483-484. 1993 GAMBLE, D. D. (1993). THE REPRESENTATIONAL THEORY OF MIND - AN INTRODUCTION - STERELNY,K. AUSTRALASIAN JOURNAL OF PHILOSOPHY, 71(4), 525-527. 1992 GAMBLE, D. D. (1992). MEANING AND MENTAL REPRESENTATION - CUMMINS,R. AUSTRALASIAN JOURNAL OF PHILOSOPHY, 70(3), 343-357.
|Date||Course Title||Institution||Course Level/ Code||URL|
|2004||Crime and Punishment||University of Adelaide||3510_PHIL_2031 (Upper level)|
|2009||Philosophy of Film||University of Adelaide||3420_PHIL_2048 (Upper level)|
|2006||Issues in the Philosophy of Language||University of Adelaide||2710_PHIL_0005 (Upper level)|
|2015||Ethics, Science and Society||University of Adelaide||3500_ANAT SCI (Upper level)|
|Date||Course Title||Institution||Course Level/ Code||URL|
|Professional Ethics||University of Adelaide (UA)||Upper|
|Philosophy of Religion||UA||Upper|
|Ethical Issues in the Biomedical Sciences||UA||Upper|
|Crime and Punishment||UA||Upper|
|Argument and Critical Thinking||UA||Level 1|
|Morality, Society and the Individual||UA||Level 1|
|Foundations of Modern Philosophy||UA||Upper|
|Issues in the Philosophy of Language||UA||Upper|
|Ethics, Science and Society||UA||Upper|
|Philosophy of Film||UA||Upper|
|The Enquiring Mind: Arts of Engagement||UA||Level 1|
Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 2016 Principal Supervisor Schopenhauer's Theory of Aesthetics Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Patrick James Keeley
Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 2017 - 2017 Co-Supervisor A Consequentialist Evaluation of Industry Funding and Commercialisation of Public Biomedical Research Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Alexander Warwick Greville 2011 - 2014 Co-Supervisor The Value of Benevolence: Spinoza and Perfectionism Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Mr Jason Paul Tillett 2011 - 2018 Co-Supervisor The Good, the Right and the Exigencies of Life: John Dewey and the Value of Moral Disagreement Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Ms Karen Bland 2008 - 2013 Co-Supervisor Moral Competence and the Psychopath Master of Arts Master Part Time Mr Matthew Tieu
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