School of Humanities
Faculty of Arts
Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - 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; USA: 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 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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