The Philosophy and the History of Ideas (PHI) Affiliated Research Team is one of the largest centres of its kind in Victoria.
We aim to facilitate dialogue between researchers from diverse disciplinary backgrounds. Our goal is to develop new connections between the history of philosophical thought, abstract thinking about concepts, theoretical reasoning about the world and its contents, and practical reasoning about individual and collective activity.
Our areas of engagement include the following:
Action and agency
Political and legal authority
Politics and aesthetics
Philosophy as a way of life
Happiness and human flourishing
Time and change
Language and meaning
The following are thinkers whose works are key references for PHI members:
the Frankfurt School
PHI members draw on key works and figures in ancient, modern and contemporary philosophy in order to critically examine a number of concepts central to contemporary thinking about ourselves, our world, and how we ought to live.
We explore how various philosophical ideas have shaped wider cultures in different periods and, in turn, how they've been shaped by wider institutional, economic, political, and social forces.