Jonathan Opie

Dr Jonathan Opie

Senior Lecturer

School of Humanities

Faculty of Arts


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.

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  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2018 Principal Supervisor Representation in Neural Networks Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Adam Townsend
    2016 Co-Supervisor The Mind's Representing Vehicles and Their Contents ( Phil of Mind, Theories of thought) Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Victoria Vazquez Troitino
    2015 Principal Supervisor A Structuralist Account of Dynamical Mental Representation in Recurrent Connectionist Networks Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Matthew James Nestor
  • 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 Mr 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 Mr 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 Ian 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 Ian Fisher
  • Position: Senior Lecturer
  • Phone: 83133815
  • Email: jonathan.opie@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 8313 4341
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Napier, floor 7
  • Room: 7 09
  • Org Unit: Philosophy

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