School of Humanities
Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Economics
Jon studied theoretical physics and then philosophy at Flinders University. After completing his PhD at Adelaide (thesis, Consciousness: A Connectionist Perspective) he took up an ARC Postdoc, before joining the teaching staff here. His primary research interests are in the philosophy of mind, cognitive science, and the philosophy of science. He was a member of the McDonnell Project in Philosophy and the Neurosciences.
Between 2008-2011 Jon headed an ARC Discovery project exploring the biological foundations of cognition. See the Cognitive Biology website (below) for more information.
Jon teaches Mind and World, Introduction to Logic, Cognitive Science, Philosophy of Science, Philosophy of Mind, and Logic, Truth & Reason.
Date Position Institution name 2001 - ongoing Senior Lecturer University of Adelaide 1999 - 2001 ARC Postdoctoral Fellow University of Adelaide 1997 - 1997 Lecturer University of Canterbury 1988 - 1993 Tutor Flinders University
Date Institution name Country Title Flinders University of South Australia Australia BSc (Hons) 1985 Flinders University of South Australia Australia BA (Hons) 1992 University of Adelaide Australia PhD 1998
Year Citation 2010 Opie, J. (2010). Levels and explanations. In Proceedings of the 9th Conference of the Australasian Society for Cognitive Science (pp. 270-276). Sydney: Australian Society for Cognitive Science.
2007 Lyon, P., & Opie, J. (2007). Prolegomena for a cognitive biology. In Proceedings of the 2007 Meeting of International Society for the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Biology, University of Exeter. Exeter, UK. 2000 Zeki, S. (2000). The disunity of consciousness.. In CONSCIOUSNESS AND COGNITION Vol. 9 (pp. S30). ACADEMIC PRESS INC ELSEVIER SCIENCE.
Curated or Produced Public Exhibition or Events
Year Citation 2021 Opie, J., Lancer, B., Whiffen, T., & Hajdu, T. (2021). AI Agents: Jon Opie & Ben Lancer - What Makes a Creative Mind a Mind at All? (No. Of Pieces: 38 minutes) [podcast]. online: https://omny.fm/.
Year Citation 1998 Opie, J. P. (1998). Consciousness: a connectionist perspective. (PhD Thesis, Thesis (Ph.D.)--Department of Philosophy, 1998.).
Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 2023 Principal Supervisor Representation in Neural Networks Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Mr Adam Townsend 2021 Co-Supervisor The Limits of Scientific Knowledge Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Mr Anthony Ian Bishop
Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 2016 - 2019 Principal Supervisor The Role of Analog Computation in Path Integrating Behaviour of the Desert Ant: A Defence of the Explanatory Credentials of Connectionism in Cognitive Science Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Robert Peter Farquharson 2015 - 2017 Principal Supervisor Emergence and Experience : Systemic Emergence and the Prospects for a Mechanistic Explanation of the Existence of Experience Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Mr Andrew Kenneth McKilliam 2013 - 2017 Co-Supervisor The Philosophy of Psychedelic Transformation Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Christopher Edward Ross Letheby 2013 - 2016 Principal Supervisor Realist and Anti-Realist Approaches in Philosophy of Science: Perspective and Representational Pluralism in Scientific Discovery Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Mr Mark Coleman 2011 - 2013 Principal Supervisor Understanding is Simulating: a Defence of Embodied Linguistic Comprehension Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Dr Christopher Edward Ross Letheby 2010 - 2014 Principal Supervisor Constructing Time: Temporal Experience and its Future Directed Aspects Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Diane Rose Stringer 2005 - 2009 Principal Supervisor The Science of Social Reasoning and Decision Making: Foundations of a New Social-Liberal Theory Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Matt Fisher 2002 - 2007 Co-Supervisor Emergence, Colour and the Knowledge Argument: So What if Mary Didn't Know Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Ms Elizabeth Schier 1999 - 2004 Principal Supervisor Mind as Creative Organization: The nature and development of human cognition as a creative process Master of Arts Master Part Time Mr Matt Fisher
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