Professor Mark Colyvan

AssocDipAppSc RMIT BSc (Hons) NE PhD ANU
Professor of Philosophy

A14 - The Quadrangle
The University of Sydney

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Research interests

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

Selected grants

2012

  • Mathematical Explanation; Colyvan M; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Future Fellowships (FT).

2010

  • Group deliberation: balancing consensus and truth; Briggs R, Colyvan M; DVC Research/Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Scheme.

2009

  • Comparing Data Mining Methods in Risk Analysis; Colyvan M; Australian Centre of Excellence for Risk Analysis/Research Support.

2008

  • Ethics and Formal Theories of Decision; Colyvan M; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).

2007

  • Evaluation and development of formal consesus methods; Colyvan M; Department of Agriculture./Research Grants.
  • Environmental Ethics and Decision Theory; Colyvan M; Applied Environmental Decision Analysis Research Hub (AEDA)/Postdoctoral Fellowship.

2006

  • Applied Environmental Decision Analysis hub (AEDA); Lindenmayer D, Bekessy S, Burgman M, Moilanen A, Regan H, Wintle B, McAlpine C, Ben-Haim Y, Drechsler M, McCarthy M, Colyvan M, Pressey B, Possingham H; Applied Environmental Decision Analysis Research Hub (AEDA)/Research Hub.
  • Australian Centre of Excellence for Risk Analysis (ACERA); Colyvan M, Cross J, Hart B, Priest S, Samson D, Broadbridge P, Fox D, Hayes K, Possingham H, Burgman M; Department of Agriculture./Joint Venture.
  • A paraconsistent approach to vagueness; Colyvan M, Hyde D; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).

2002

  • The role of naturalism in ontology and scientific methodology; Colyvan M; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).

2001

  • Mathematical Issues at the Foundation of Population Ecology; Colyvan M, Ginzburg L; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Strategic Partnerships with Industry - Research and Training (SPIRT).

Selected publications

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Books

  • Colyvan, M. (2012). An Introduction to the Philosophy of Mathematics. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.
  • Ginzburg, L., Colyvan, M. (2004). Ecological Orbits: How Planets Move and Populations Grow. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Colyvan, M. (2001). The Indispensability of Mathematics. New York: Oxford University Press.

Book Chapters

  • Colyvan, M. (2014). The Undeniable Effectiveness of Mathematics in the Special Sciences. In M. Galavotti, D. Kieks, W. Gonzalez, S. Hartman, T. Uebel, M. Weber (Eds.), New Directions in the Philosophy of Science, (pp. 63-73). Cham, Switzerland: Springer.
  • Colyvan, M., Steele, K. (2011). Environmental Ethics and Decision Theory: Fellow Travellers or Bitter Enemies? In Kevin deLaplante, Bryson Brown and Kent A. Peacock (Eds.), Philosophy of Ecology, (pp. 285-299). Amsterdam: Elsevier.
  • Colyvan, M. (2010). Mating, Dating, and Mathematics: It's All in the Game. In Kristie Miller and Marlene Clark (Eds.), Dating - Philosophy for Everyone: Flirting with Big Ideas, (pp. 211-220). Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing.
  • Colyvan, M. (2009). Applying Inconsistent Mathematics. In Bueno, Otavio; Linnebo, Oystein (Eds.), New Waves in Philosophy of Mathematics, (pp. 160-172). Basingstoke & New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Colyvan, M. (2009). Mathematics and the World. In Irvine, Andrew D (Eds.), Handbook of The Philosophy of Science: Philosophy of Mathematics, (pp. 651-702). Burlington, Oxford Amsterdam: Elsevier.
  • Colyvan, M. (2009). Naturalizing Normativity. In David Braddon-Mitchell, Robert Nola (Eds.), Conceptual Analysis and Philosophical Naturalism, (pp. 303-313). United States: MIT Press.
  • Colyvan, M. (2009). Vagueness and Truth. In Heather Dyke (Eds.), From Truth to Reality: New Essays in Logic and Metaphysics, (pp. 29-40). UK: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.
  • Colyvan, M. (2008). Population Ecology. In Sahotra Sarkar, Anya Plutynski (Eds.), A Companion to Philosophy of Biology, (pp. 301-320). Oxford: Blackwell Publishers.
  • Colyvan, M. (2007). Mathematical recreation versus mathematical knowledge. In Mary Leng, Alexander Paseau and Michael Potter (Eds.), Mathematical Knowlege, (pp. 109-122). New York: Oxford University Press.

Journals

  • Colyvan, M. (2016). Value of information and monitoring in conservation biology. Environment Systems and Decisions, 36(3), 302-309. [More Information]
  • Muldoon, R., Lisciandra, C., Colyvan, M., Martini, C., Sillari, G., Sprenger, J. (2014). Disagreement behind the veil of ignorance. Philosophical Studies, 170(3), 377-394. [More Information]
  • Weber, Z., Ripley, D., Priest, G., Hyde, D., Colyvan, M. (2014). Tolerating Gluts. Mind, 123, 813-828.
  • Burgman, M., Regan, H., Maguire, L., Colyvan, M., Justus, J., Martin, T., Rothley, K. (2014). Voting Systems for Environmental Decisions. Conservation Biology, 28(2), 322-332. [More Information]
  • Colyvan, M. (2013). Idealisations in normative models. Synthese, 190(8), 1337-1350. [More Information]
  • Martini, C., Sprenger, J., Colyvan, M. (2013). Resolving Disagreement Through Mutual Respect. Erkenntnis: An International Journal of Analytic Philosophy, 78(4), 881-898. [More Information]
  • Lindenmayer, D., Hulvey, K., Hobbs, R., Colyvan, M., Felton, A., Possingham, H., Steffen, W., Wilson, K., Youngentob, K., Gibbons, P. (2012). Avoiding bio-perversity from carbon sequestration solutions. Conservation Letters, 5(1), 28-36. [More Information]
  • Bueno, O., Colyvan, M. (2012). Just what is vagueness? Ratio: an international journal of analytic philosophy, 25(1), 19-33. [More Information]
  • Colyvan, M. (2011). A philosopher's view of theory: A response to Gorelick. Ideas in Ecology and Evolution, 4, 11-13. [More Information]
  • Bueno, O., Colyvan, M. (2011). An Inferential Conception of the Application of Mathematics. NOUS, 45(2), 345-374. [More Information]
  • Baker, A., Colyvan, M. (2011). Indexing and Mathematical Explanation. Philosophia Mathematica (III): philosophy of mathematics, its learning, and its application, 19(3), 323-334. [More Information]
  • Colyvan, M., Justus, J., Regan, H. (2011). The conservation game. Biological Conservation, 144(4), 1246-1253. [More Information]
  • Weber, Z., Colyvan, M. (2010). A Toplogical Sorites. Journal of Philosophy, 107(6), 311-325.
  • Colyvan, M., Ginzburg, L. (2010). Analogical Thinking in Ecology: Looking Beyond Disciplinary Boundaries. The Quarterly Review of Biology, 85(2), 171-182. [More Information]
  • Colyvan, M., Cox, D., Steele, K. (2010). Modelling the Moral Dimension of Decisions. NOUS, 44(3), 503-529. [More Information]
  • Bekessy, S., Wintle, B., Lindenmayer, D., McCarthy, M., Colyvan, M., Burgman, M., Possingham, H. (2010). The biodiversity bank cannot be a lending bank. Conservation Letters, 3(3), 151-158. [More Information]
  • Colyvan, M., Justus, J., Regan, H. (2010). The natural environment is valuable but not infinitely valuable. Conservation Letters, 3(4), 224-228. [More Information]
  • Colyvan, M. (2010). There is No Easy Road to Nominalism. Mind, 119(474), 285-306. [More Information]
  • Justus, J., Colyvan, M., Regan, H., Maguire, L. (2009). Buying into conservation: intrinsic versus instrumental value. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 24(4), 187-191. [More Information]
  • Colyvan, M., Linquist, S., Grey, W., Griffiths, P., Odenbaugh, J., Possingham, H. (2009). Philosophical Issues in Ecology: Recent Trends and Future Directions. Ecology and Society, 14(2), 22-1-22-12.
  • Justus, J., Colyvan, M., Regan, H., Maguire, L. (2009). Response to Sagoff. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 24(12), 644-644. [More Information]
  • Colyvan, M. (2008). Is Probability the Only Coherent Approach to Uncertainty? Risk Analysis: an international journal, 28(3), 645-652. [More Information]
  • Colyvan, M., Easwaran, K. (2008). Mathematical and Physical Continuity. The Australasian Journal of Logic, 6, 87-93.
  • Hyde, D., Colyvan, M. (2008). Paraconsistent Vagueness: Why Not? The Australasian Journal of Logic, 6(November), 107-121.
  • Colyvan, M. (2008). Relative Expectation Theory. Journal of Philosophy, 105 (CV)(1), 37-44.
  • Lyon, A., Colyvan, M. (2008). The Explanatory Power of Phase Spaces. Philosophia Mathematica (III): philosophy of mathematics, its learning, and its application, 16(2), 227-243. [More Information]
  • Colyvan, M. (2008). The Ontological Commitments of Inconsistent Theories. Philosophical Studies, 141(1), 115-123. [More Information]
  • Colyvan, M. (2008). Who's Afraid of Inconsistent Mathematics? ProtoSociology(CD-ROM): an international journal of interdisciplinary research, 25, 24-35.
  • Colyvan, M., Regan, H. (2007). Legal Decisions and the Reference-Class Problem. International Journal of Evidence and Proof, 11(4), 274-285.
  • Steele, K., Regan, H., Colyvan, M., Burgman, M. (2007). Right Decisions or Happy Decision-makers? Social Epistemology, 21(4), 349-368.
  • Regan, H., Colyvan, M., Markovchick-Nicholls, L. (2006). A formal model for consensus and negotiation in environmental management. Journal of Environmental Management, 80(2), 167-176. [More Information]

2016

  • Colyvan, M. (2016). Value of information and monitoring in conservation biology. Environment Systems and Decisions, 36(3), 302-309. [More Information]

2014

  • Muldoon, R., Lisciandra, C., Colyvan, M., Martini, C., Sillari, G., Sprenger, J. (2014). Disagreement behind the veil of ignorance. Philosophical Studies, 170(3), 377-394. [More Information]
  • Colyvan, M. (2014). The Undeniable Effectiveness of Mathematics in the Special Sciences. In M. Galavotti, D. Kieks, W. Gonzalez, S. Hartman, T. Uebel, M. Weber (Eds.), New Directions in the Philosophy of Science, (pp. 63-73). Cham, Switzerland: Springer.
  • Weber, Z., Ripley, D., Priest, G., Hyde, D., Colyvan, M. (2014). Tolerating Gluts. Mind, 123, 813-828.
  • Burgman, M., Regan, H., Maguire, L., Colyvan, M., Justus, J., Martin, T., Rothley, K. (2014). Voting Systems for Environmental Decisions. Conservation Biology, 28(2), 322-332. [More Information]

2013

  • Colyvan, M. (2013). Idealisations in normative models. Synthese, 190(8), 1337-1350. [More Information]
  • Martini, C., Sprenger, J., Colyvan, M. (2013). Resolving Disagreement Through Mutual Respect. Erkenntnis: An International Journal of Analytic Philosophy, 78(4), 881-898. [More Information]

2012

  • Colyvan, M. (2012). An Introduction to the Philosophy of Mathematics. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.
  • Lindenmayer, D., Hulvey, K., Hobbs, R., Colyvan, M., Felton, A., Possingham, H., Steffen, W., Wilson, K., Youngentob, K., Gibbons, P. (2012). Avoiding bio-perversity from carbon sequestration solutions. Conservation Letters, 5(1), 28-36. [More Information]
  • Bueno, O., Colyvan, M. (2012). Just what is vagueness? Ratio: an international journal of analytic philosophy, 25(1), 19-33. [More Information]

2011

  • Colyvan, M. (2011). A philosopher's view of theory: A response to Gorelick. Ideas in Ecology and Evolution, 4, 11-13. [More Information]
  • Bueno, O., Colyvan, M. (2011). An Inferential Conception of the Application of Mathematics. NOUS, 45(2), 345-374. [More Information]
  • Colyvan, M., Steele, K. (2011). Environmental Ethics and Decision Theory: Fellow Travellers or Bitter Enemies? In Kevin deLaplante, Bryson Brown and Kent A. Peacock (Eds.), Philosophy of Ecology, (pp. 285-299). Amsterdam: Elsevier.
  • Baker, A., Colyvan, M. (2011). Indexing and Mathematical Explanation. Philosophia Mathematica (III): philosophy of mathematics, its learning, and its application, 19(3), 323-334. [More Information]
  • Colyvan, M., Justus, J., Regan, H. (2011). The conservation game. Biological Conservation, 144(4), 1246-1253. [More Information]

2010

  • Weber, Z., Colyvan, M. (2010). A Toplogical Sorites. Journal of Philosophy, 107(6), 311-325.
  • Colyvan, M., Ginzburg, L. (2010). Analogical Thinking in Ecology: Looking Beyond Disciplinary Boundaries. The Quarterly Review of Biology, 85(2), 171-182. [More Information]
  • Colyvan, M. (2010). Mating, Dating, and Mathematics: It's All in the Game. In Kristie Miller and Marlene Clark (Eds.), Dating - Philosophy for Everyone: Flirting with Big Ideas, (pp. 211-220). Chichester: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing.
  • Colyvan, M., Cox, D., Steele, K. (2010). Modelling the Moral Dimension of Decisions. NOUS, 44(3), 503-529. [More Information]
  • Bekessy, S., Wintle, B., Lindenmayer, D., McCarthy, M., Colyvan, M., Burgman, M., Possingham, H. (2010). The biodiversity bank cannot be a lending bank. Conservation Letters, 3(3), 151-158. [More Information]
  • Colyvan, M., Justus, J., Regan, H. (2010). The natural environment is valuable but not infinitely valuable. Conservation Letters, 3(4), 224-228. [More Information]
  • Colyvan, M. (2010). There is No Easy Road to Nominalism. Mind, 119(474), 285-306. [More Information]

2009

  • Colyvan, M. (2009). Applying Inconsistent Mathematics. In Bueno, Otavio; Linnebo, Oystein (Eds.), New Waves in Philosophy of Mathematics, (pp. 160-172). Basingstoke & New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Justus, J., Colyvan, M., Regan, H., Maguire, L. (2009). Buying into conservation: intrinsic versus instrumental value. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 24(4), 187-191. [More Information]
  • Colyvan, M. (2009). Mathematics and the World. In Irvine, Andrew D (Eds.), Handbook of The Philosophy of Science: Philosophy of Mathematics, (pp. 651-702). Burlington, Oxford Amsterdam: Elsevier.
  • Colyvan, M. (2009). Naturalizing Normativity. In David Braddon-Mitchell, Robert Nola (Eds.), Conceptual Analysis and Philosophical Naturalism, (pp. 303-313). United States: MIT Press.
  • Colyvan, M., Linquist, S., Grey, W., Griffiths, P., Odenbaugh, J., Possingham, H. (2009). Philosophical Issues in Ecology: Recent Trends and Future Directions. Ecology and Society, 14(2), 22-1-22-12.
  • Justus, J., Colyvan, M., Regan, H., Maguire, L. (2009). Response to Sagoff. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, 24(12), 644-644. [More Information]
  • Colyvan, M. (2009). Vagueness and Truth. In Heather Dyke (Eds.), From Truth to Reality: New Essays in Logic and Metaphysics, (pp. 29-40). UK: Routledge imprint of Taylor & Francis.

2008

  • Colyvan, M. (2008). Is Probability the Only Coherent Approach to Uncertainty? Risk Analysis: an international journal, 28(3), 645-652. [More Information]
  • Colyvan, M., Easwaran, K. (2008). Mathematical and Physical Continuity. The Australasian Journal of Logic, 6, 87-93.
  • Hyde, D., Colyvan, M. (2008). Paraconsistent Vagueness: Why Not? The Australasian Journal of Logic, 6(November), 107-121.
  • Colyvan, M. (2008). Population Ecology. In Sahotra Sarkar, Anya Plutynski (Eds.), A Companion to Philosophy of Biology, (pp. 301-320). Oxford: Blackwell Publishers.
  • Colyvan, M. (2008). Relative Expectation Theory. Journal of Philosophy, 105 (CV)(1), 37-44.
  • Lyon, A., Colyvan, M. (2008). The Explanatory Power of Phase Spaces. Philosophia Mathematica (III): philosophy of mathematics, its learning, and its application, 16(2), 227-243. [More Information]
  • Colyvan, M. (2008). The Ontological Commitments of Inconsistent Theories. Philosophical Studies, 141(1), 115-123. [More Information]
  • Colyvan, M. (2008). Who's Afraid of Inconsistent Mathematics? ProtoSociology(CD-ROM): an international journal of interdisciplinary research, 25, 24-35.

2007

  • Colyvan, M., Regan, H. (2007). Legal Decisions and the Reference-Class Problem. International Journal of Evidence and Proof, 11(4), 274-285.
  • Colyvan, M. (2007). Mathematical recreation versus mathematical knowledge. In Mary Leng, Alexander Paseau and Michael Potter (Eds.), Mathematical Knowlege, (pp. 109-122). New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Steele, K., Regan, H., Colyvan, M., Burgman, M. (2007). Right Decisions or Happy Decision-makers? Social Epistemology, 21(4), 349-368.

2006

  • Regan, H., Colyvan, M., Markovchick-Nicholls, L. (2006). A formal model for consensus and negotiation in environmental management. Journal of Environmental Management, 80(2), 167-176. [More Information]

2004

  • Ginzburg, L., Colyvan, M. (2004). Ecological Orbits: How Planets Move and Populations Grow. New York: Oxford University Press.

2001

  • Colyvan, M. (2001). The Indispensability of Mathematics. New York: Oxford University Press.

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