Mark Colyvan

AssocDipAppSc (RMIT), BSc(Hons) (NE), PhD (ANU)

Professor of Philosophy
Department of Philosophy
A14 Main Quadrangle
University of Sydney
Sydney, NSW, 2006

Office: Room N285, Main Quad (off Lobby Q, NE corner of Quad)
Phone: (+61 2) 9036 6175
Fax: (+61 2) 9351 3918
Email: mark.colyvan AT sydney DOT edu DOT au

Visiting Professor
Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy
Ludwig-Maximilians University

Mark's Research Page

Research Interests
Philosophy of Logic, Philosophy of Mathematics, Decision Theory, Environmental Philosophy, Ecology and Conservation Biology.

Current Research Projects
Laws, Models and Analogies in Ecology (ARC funded), Formal Approaches to Legal Reasoning, Mathematical Notation (ARC funded), Mathematical Explanation (ARC funded), Decision and Risk in Environmental Science, Group Decision Methods (DAFF funded), Ecological Allometries (STIAS funded).


Selected Recent Papers
  • 'The Limits of Subtraction', The Australasian Philosophical Review, forthcoming.
  • 'The Ins and Outs of Mathematical Explanation', Mathematical Intelligencer, forthcoming.
  • 'Biodiversity and Triage', in H. Leitgeb, I. Niiniluoto, E. Sober, and P. Seppälä (eds.), Proceedings of the 15th Congress of Logic, Methodology, and Philosophy of Science, College Publications, forthcoming.
  • 'Two Flavours of Mathematical Explanation', in A. Reutlinger and J. Saatsi (eds.), Explanation Beyond Causation, Oxford University Press, forthcoming. (Coauthors: John Cusbert and Kelvin McQueen.)
  • 'How Mathematics Can Make a Difference', Philosophers' Imprint, Vol. 17, No. 3 (January 2017), 1–19. (Coauthors: Sam Baron and David Ripley.)
  • 'Value of Information and Monitoring in Conservation Biology', Environment, Systems and Decisions, Vol. 36, No. 3 (September 2016), 302–9.
  • 'Making Ado without Expectations', Mind, Vol. 125, No. 499 (July 2016), 829–57. (Coauthor: Alan Hájek.)
  • 'Time Enough for Explanation', The Journal of Philosophy, Vol. 113, No. 2 (February 2016), 61–88. Coauthor: Sam Baron.)
  • 'Disagreement Behind the Veil of Ignorance' Philosophical Studies, Vol. 170, No. 3 (September 2014), 377–94. (Coauthors: Ryan Muldoon, Chiara Lisciandra, Carlo Martini, Giacomo Sillari, and Jan Sprenger.)
  • 'Tolerating Gluts: A Reply to Beall', Mind, Vol. 123, No. 491 (July 2014), 813–28. (Coauthors: Zach Weber, David Ripley, Graham Priest, and Dominic Hyde.)
  • 'Voting Systems for Environmental Decisions: A Review', Conservation Biology, Vol. 28, No. 2 (April 2014), 322–32. (Coauthors: Mark A. Burgman, Helen M. Regan, Lynn A. Maguire, James Justus, Tara G. Martin and Kris Rothley.)
  • 'Resolving Disagreement through Mutual Respect', Erkenntnis, Vol. 78, No. 4 (August 2013), 881–98. (Coauthors: Carlo Martini and Jan Sprenger.)
  • 'Idealisations in Normative Models', Synthese, Vol. 190, No. 8 (May 2013), 1337–50.

For a complete publication list and many downloadable papers, see Mark's Research Page.
For publications listed by topic, see Mark's Publications by Topic.

Other Activities and Service

Past President of the Society for Risk Analysis (Australia and New Zealand) (2013); Past President of the Australasian Association of Philosophy (2005–2006); Member of the editorial boards of The Bulletin of Symbolic Logic, The Australasian Journal of Philosophy, and Conservation Letters;


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