Philip Gerrans

Dr Philip Gerrans


School of Humanities

Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Economics

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.

My main research interest is the use of psychological disorder to study the mind. I have written on developmental disorders (autism and Williams syndrome), cognitive neuropsychiatry, on moral psychopathologies (such as psychopathology) and the emotions as well as a large monograph and associated series of papers on delusion and disorders of rationality. I am an Associate of the Swiss Centre for Affective Sciences where I collaborate with philosophers psychologists and neuroscientists. Currently I am completing a project on the relationship between emotional processing and self-representation with an emphasis on psychiatric disorders. Chris Letheby and I have just commenced a project on philosophical issues raised by the nature of psychedelic experience. In all these cases my focus is on the role of computational models linking experience to neural processing.



  • Appointments

    Date Position Institution name
    2018 - ongoing VIsiting Professor Mahidol University International College
    2018 - ongoing Visiting Professor Swiss Centre For Affective Sciences
    2003 - ongoing VIsiting Professor Simon Fraser University
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  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2020 - 2022 Co-Supervisor Self-Deception and Wilful Ignorance: ‘Self-induced, purported ignorance?’ Master of Philosophy Master Part Time Ms Margaret Leila Penhall-Jones
    2020 - 2022 Principal Supervisor To Blame or Not to Blame: Respect, Fittingness, and Standing Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Mr Henry Littleton Phillips
    2020 - 2022 Principal Supervisor Moral Agency Master of Philosophy Master Part Time Mr Timothy Nailer
    2011 - 2013 Co-Supervisor Understanding is Simulating: a Defence of Embodied Linguistic Comprehension Master of Philosophy Master Full Time Dr Christopher Edward Ross Letheby
    2006 - 2013 Principal Supervisor Moral Competence and the Psychopath Master of Arts Master Part Time Mr Matthew Tieu
  • Position: Professor
  • Phone: 83135297
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  • Fax: 83134341
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Napier, floor 7
  • Org Unit: School of Humanities

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