Dr Millicent Churcher

BA (Hons), PhD Sydney
Postdoctoral Research Associate

A14 - The Quadrangle
The University of Sydney


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Biographical details

Millicent Churcher completed her PhD in Philosophy at the University of Sydney in 2016. During her candidature, she was a tutor, lecturer, and course co-ordinator for the philosophy department. She is also a co-founder of the USYD Women in Philosophy initiative. In 2012 Millicent was awarded a Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) scholarship, and spent six months at the Freie Universität in Berlin carrying out doctoral research.

Millicent’s areas of specialty comprise early modern sentimentalist philosophy and contemporary social and political philosophy. Her current research interests include early modern accounts of sympathy, as well as contemporary studies on empathy, emotions, the imagination, social imaginaries, epistemic injustice, and recognition of difference. Millicent’s latest research explores the potential for institutions to facilitate ethical and political transformation by constructively engaging the imaginations and affects of social agents and institutional actors.

Research interests

  • Early modern sentimentalist philosophy, especially Adam Smith
  • Contemporary social and political philosophy
  • Emotions and Institutions
  • Applied ethics

Current projects

‘Institutional transformation: Imagination, affect, and embodiment’

Awards and honours

  • 2015 Lucy Firth Publication Prize, University of Sydney
  • 2014 Dean’s Citation for Excellence in Tutorials, University of Sydney

In the media

Churcher, M. (2016). Implicit bias, epistemic injustice and the academy. SOPHI Magazine, 3, 14-17.

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Churcher, M. (2016). Adam Smith's Sympathetic Imagination: A Reply to Lennon. Social Epistemology Review and Reply Collective, 5(7), 63-68.
  • Churcher, M. (2016). Can Empathy Be a Moral Resource? A Smithean Reply to Jesse Prinz. Dialogue, 55(3), 429-447. [More Information]
  • Churcher, M. (2016). When Adam Met Sally: The Transformative Potential of Sympathy. Social Epistemology, 30(4), 420-439. [More Information]
  • Churcher, M. (2011). Rethinking the abortion issue: the problem of normative femininity and hermeneutical injustice. Emergent Australasian Philosophers, 4(1), 1-13.

2016

  • Churcher, M. (2016). Adam Smith's Sympathetic Imagination: A Reply to Lennon. Social Epistemology Review and Reply Collective, 5(7), 63-68.
  • Churcher, M. (2016). Can Empathy Be a Moral Resource? A Smithean Reply to Jesse Prinz. Dialogue, 55(3), 429-447. [More Information]
  • Churcher, M. (2016). When Adam Met Sally: The Transformative Potential of Sympathy. Social Epistemology, 30(4), 420-439. [More Information]

2011

  • Churcher, M. (2011). Rethinking the abortion issue: the problem of normative femininity and hermeneutical injustice. Emergent Australasian Philosophers, 4(1), 1-13.

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