Dr Jorge Fernandez

Lecturer

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.

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. 

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  • 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
  • Position: Lecturer
  • Phone: 83135299
  • Email: jorge.fernandez@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 8313 4341
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Napier, floor 7
  • Room: 7 03
  • Org Unit: Philosophy

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