Dr Ian Ravenscroft

Senior Lecturer

College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

place Social Sciences North (3109)
GPO Box 2100, Adelaide 5001, South Australia

Ian completed his BA (first class hons) and MA (first class hons) in philosophy at the University of Melbourne before moving to the Australian National University to study for his PhD. His dissertation supervisors were Prof Frank Jackson and Prof Philip Pettit who greatly influenced his approach to philosophy in the early part of his career.

After working at the University of Auckland (1995) and Flinders University (1996-1998) Ian took up a tenured position at King's College London (1998-2000), returning to Flinders in 2000. After working extensively on simulation theory, imagination, empathy and fiction, in recent years he has added a focus on the cognitive science of terrorism. The move to terrorism was motivated by a longstanding interest in violence and a desire to address significant contemporary problems from a cognitive science perspective. He has extensively published in a range of high ranking journals and collections and has three books with Oxford University Press. His book Philosophy of Mind: A Beginner's Guide is used in philosophy departments across the world and has been translated into German, Korean, and Iranian.

His coauthors include Steve Stich, Greg Currie, and Lina Eriksson.

Ian regulary gives public talks on philosophy and has appeared in SA Life magazine on two occasions talking on the relevance of philosophy to everyday life.


BA (hons), University of Melbourne, 1985
MA, University of Melbourne, 1987
PhD, Australian National University, 1995

Honours, awards and grants

Major Laurie Prize, University of Melboure 1985.

APRA 1992-1995.

Australian and Teaching and Learning Grant $92, 000

Teaching and Learning award Flinders University.

Key responsibilities

Teaching and research, College of Humanties, Arts and Social Science and head of the Philosophy Program.

Teaching interests

Philosophy of mind, cognitive science, civil disobedience and environmental philosophy

Topic coordinator
PHIL1010 Mind & World
PHIL2040 Mind & Consciousness
PHIL2604 Environmental Philosophy
PHIL2611 Breaking the Rules: Opposing Injustice without Violence
PHIL3603 Understanding Other Minds
Topic lecturer
PHIL3603 Understanding Other Minds
PHIL1010 Mind & World
PHIL2604 Environmental Philosophy
PHIL2611 Breaking the Rules: Opposing Injustice without Violence
PHIL2604 Mind & Consciousness
Supervisory interests
Philosophy of mind
Higher degree by research supervision
Principal supervisor: Theories of the Self (-1), History of Teleology (1), The self (1), Pleasure and Pain (1)
Higher degree by research student achievements
Suzi Roux

PhD - NOV 2014

Matt Usher

PhD - NOV 2014

Sandra Egege

PhD - NOV 2014

Expert for media contact
Cognitive science
Available for contact via
Or contact the media team
+61 8 82012092
0427 398 713
Media expertise
  • Cognitive science
  • Philosophy
  • imagination
  • terrorism