Professor Paul Griffiths
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Professor Paul Griffiths

ARC Laureate Fellow
Professor of Philosophy and Domain Leader for Society and Environment, Charles Perkins Centre Arts and Social Sciences, School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry
Department of Philosophy
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Professor Paul Griffiths

A philosopher of science with a focus on biology and psychology, Paul was educated at Cambridge and the Australian National University, receiving his PhD in 1989. He heads the Theory and Method in Bioscience project node of the Charles Perkins Centre, a major new initiative at Sydney focused on interdisciplinary research into obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. He served as Associate Academic Director for Humanities and Social Sciences while the Centre was being established and continues to serve on the Executive Committee as Domain Leader for Society and Environment.

Paul is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. He was President of the International Society for History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Biology from 2011-13 and from 2006-12 he was a member of the Australian Health Ethics Committee of NHMRC. He is a regular visiting professor at the University of Exeter's Egenis: the Centre for the Study of the Life Sciences.

Philosophical issues in contemporary biology and biomedicine; philosophy of psychology

TheTheory and Method in Bioscience group includes PhD and Honours students who work closely with Prof. Griffiths and the Research fellows and Postdoctoral Fellows. We are keen to recruit new students working on topics related to our funded research projects. See our website for more details:

Project titleResearch student
Teleology and Agential Thinking in BiologyWalter VEIT


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Selected Grants


  • "Constructing objective biological criteria of health", Griffiths P, John Templeton Foundation/Large Grants


  • Philosophy of Medicine for the 21st century, Griffiths P, Australian Research Council (ARC)/Australian Laureate Fellowships (FL)