School of Humanities
Faculty of Arts
Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD, but is currently at capacity - email supervisor to discuss availability.
I am a philosopher at the University of Adelaide. Before coming to South Australia in 2007, I was a post-doctoral fellow at Macquarie University and the Centre for Consciousness of the ANU. I received my PhD from Brown University in 2003, and I taught for a year at Bowdoin College before leaving the United States to move to Australia. I am originally from Spain, and I did my undergraduate study at the University of Barcelona.
My general area of research is the intersection of philosophy of mind and epistemology. I am interested in the topics of self-knowledge and memory. With regards to the former, I am with those who believe that self-knowledge is ‘transparent’: We attribute mental states to ourselves based on our grounds for being in those states. With regards to the latter, I believe that the contents of memories are reflexive: Memories represent themselves as having a certain causal origin. My current project is aimed at determining what the experience of ‘owning’ a mental state amounts to.
Date Position Institution name 2005 - 2005 Postdoctoral fellow Australian National University 2003 - 2007 Postdoctoral fellow Macquarie University 2002 - 2003 Visiting Assistant Professor Bowdoin College
Date Institution name Country Title 2002 - 2002 Brown University United States PhD
Year Citation 2019 Fernández, J. (2019). Memory: a self-referential account. New York, NY: Oxford University Press. 2013 Fernandez, J. (2013). Transparent minds: a study of self-knowledge. United Kingdom: Oxford University Press. 2009 Bayne, T., & Fernandez, J. (Eds.) (2009). Delusion and self-deception: Affective and motivational influences on belief formation. Psychology Press.
2009 Bayne, T., & Fernandez, J. (Eds.) (2009). Delusion and self-deception: Affective and motivational influences on belief formation. Psychology Press.
Chief Investigator in external grants
2017-2020 The Ownership of Minds
ARC Discovery Future Fellowship FT160100313: 864,338$AUD.
University of Adelaide (Sole CI)
2013-2015 The truth about false memory,
ARC Discovery project DP130103047: 205,000$AUD.
University of Adelaide (Sole CI)
2005-2006 A philosophical and empirical approach to the nature of perception and belief
ARC Linkage International project LX0664998: 16,500$AUD.
Macquarie University (French-Australian team of CIs.)
At the University of Adelaide, I have been teaching (often in collaboration with colleagues) undergraduate courses in metaphysics, epistemology and the philosophy of mind. I also teach a course on existentialism and a course on early modern philosophy.
Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)
Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name 2020 Principal 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 2020 Principal Supervisor Self-Deception Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Ms Margaret Leila Penhall-Jones 2020 Principal Supervisor An exploration of utilitarianism’s vices and virtues with a naturalistic perspective. Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Mr Nicholas James Smyth 2020 Co-Supervisor Schopenhauer's Theory of Aesthetics Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Patrick James Keeley 2019 Co-Supervisor A Defence of the B-Theory of Time with Respect to Temporal Passage and Our Experience of Temporal Passage Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Mr James Lambros Vlachoulis 2019 Co-Supervisor Opening a Can of Spacetime Worms: the Metaphysics of Persistence Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Mr Danny George Wardle 2019 Co-Supervisor The Living Body in Early Greek Thought: Presocratic Philosophy and Early Greek Medicine Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Miss Mary Elizabeth Harpas 2018 Co-Supervisor The Fleeting Present: Time, Instants and Existence Master of Philosophy Master Part Time Miss Brigitte Claire Everett 2018 Co-Supervisor Donnellan Referential / Attributive Distinction Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Mr Atheer Al-Khalfa
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