Associate Professor Dominic Murphy

F07 - Carslaw Building
The University of Sydney


Biographical details

Dominic's main areas of interest are in the philosophy of the cognitive and biological sciences, especially issues in psychiatry and cognitive neuroscience. He has further interests in evolutionary theory, the history and philosophy of biology and medicine, moral psychology, epistemology and bioethics.

Research interests

Dominic's main current project is a book on self-representation. This looks at recent work on the self in the cognitive neurosciences and social psychology and considers the implications of this work for some philosophical ideas about the nature and function of the self and its relation to theories of cognitive architecture. He is also working on delusions, psychopaths and the role of model-building in the inexact sciences.

Selected grants

2012

  • Exchanging Knowledge: A Research and Teaching Collaboration Between Sydney's Unit for HPS and Shanghai Jiao Tong's HPS Department; Boantza V, Murphy D, Pols J, Rickles D, Zheng Y, Gal O; DVC International/IPDF Grant.
  • The Structure and Function of Self-Representation; Murphy D; Australian Research Council (ARC)/Discovery Projects (DP).

2011

  • Self-representation and cognition; Murphy D; DVC Research/Bridging Support Grant.

2009

  • Wise in Bedlam: Self Knowledge in Society; Murphy D; DVC Research/Bridging Support Grant.

Selected publications

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Books

  • Murphy, D. (2006). Psychiatry in the Scientific Image. England: MIT Press.

Edited Books

  • Murphy, D., Bishop, M. (2009). Stich and His Critics. United Kingdom: Blackwell Publishers.

Book Chapters

  • Murphy, D. (2013). The Medical Model and the Philosophy of Science. In K Fulford, M Davies, R Gipps, G Graham, J Sadler, G Stanghellini, T Thornton (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy and Psychiatry, (pp. 966-986). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Roe, K., Murphy, D. (2011). Function, dysfunction, and adaptation? In P R Adriaens and A De Block (Eds.), Maladapting Minds: Philosophy, psychiatry and evolutionary theory, (pp. 216-237). Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press.
  • Murphy, D. (2009). Psychiatry and the Concept of Disease as Pathology. In M.R. Broome and L. Bortolotti (Eds.), Psychiatry as Cognitive Neuroscience: Philosophical Perspectives, (pp. 103-117). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Murphy, D. (2008). Health and Disease. In Sahotra Sarkar, Anya Plutynski (Eds.), A Companion to Philosophy of Biology, (pp. 287-297). Oxford: Blackwell Publishers.
  • Murphy, D. (2008). Understanding Causes and Reversing Outcomes. In Kenneth S. Kendler and Josef Parnas (Eds.), Philosophical Issues in Psychiatry: Explanation,Phenomenology and Nosology, (pp. 90-98). Baltimore, USA: Johns Hopkins University Press.
  • Murphy, D. (2004). Darwinian Models of Psychopathology. In Jennifer Radden (Eds.), The Philosophy of Psychiatry: A Companion, (pp. 329-337). New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Murphy, D. (2003). Adaptationism and Psychological Explanation. In Steven J. Scher and Frederick Rauscher (Eds.), Evolutionary Psychology: Alternative Approaches, (pp. 161-184). United States of America: Kluwer Academic Publishers.
  • Murphy, D. (2003). What, if Anything, is Psychiatry? In Dr. Chhanda Chakraborti (Eds.), On Mind and Consciousness: Selected Papers from the MiCon 2002 Conference, (pp. 193-209). India: Indian Institute of Advanced Study.

Journals

  • Murphy, D. (2013). Delusions, Modernist Epistemology and Irrational Belief. Mind and Language, 28(1), 113-124. [More Information]
  • Murphy, D. (2012). The Folk Epistemology of Delusions. Neuroethics, 5(1), 19-22. [More Information]
  • Murphy, D. (2011). Dopamine and Discovery. Philosophy, Psychiatry and Psychology, 18(1), 69-71. [More Information]
  • Murphy, D., Demazeux, S. (2011). Thinking about the foundations of psychiatry: an interview with philosopher Dominic Murphy. Psychiatrie, Sciences Humaines, Neurosciences, 9(3), 125-130. [More Information]
  • Murphy, D. (2010). Complex Mental Disorders: Representation, Stability and Explanation. European Journal of Analytic Philosophy, 6(1), 28-42.
  • Murphy, D. (2010). Explanation in Psychiatry. Philosophy Compass, 5(7), 602-610. [More Information]
  • Murphy, D. (2010). Philosophy of Psychiatry. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, , 1-58.
  • Doris, J., Murphy, D. (2007). From My Lai to Abu Ghraib: The Moral Psychology of Atrocity. Midwest Studies in Philosophy, 31, 25-55.
  • Murphy, D. (2006). On Fodor's Analogy: Why Psychology is Like Philosophy of Science After All. Mind and Language, 21(5), 553-564.
  • Murphy, D. (2005). Can evolution explain insanity? Biology and Philosophy, 20, 745-766. [More Information]
  • Murphy, D. (2005). The Concept of Mental Illness - Where the Debate Has Reached and Where It Needs to Go. Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology, 25(1), 116-132.
  • Murphy, D. (2004). Autonomy, Experience, and Therapy. Philosophy, Psychiatry and Psychology, 11(4), 303-307.
  • Woolfolk, R., Murphy, D. (2004). Axiological Foundations of Psychotherapy. Journal of Psychotherapy Integration, 14(2), 168-191.
  • Murphy, D. (2003). Scientific Psychiatry. British Journal of Psychiatry, 183, 564-565.
  • Murphy, D. (2003). The history and biography of life. Biology and Philosophy, 18, 607-618.

Conferences

  • Murphy, D. (2010). Cognitive Science Without Cognitive Psychology. ASCS09: 9th Conference of the Australasian Society for Cognitive Science, Sydney: Macquarie Centre for Cognitive Science.

Reference Works

  • Murphy, D. (2008). Concepts of Health and Disease. In Edward N. Zalta (Eds.), Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. California: Metaphysics Research Lab, CSLI, Stanford University.

2013

  • Murphy, D. (2013). Delusions, Modernist Epistemology and Irrational Belief. Mind and Language, 28(1), 113-124. [More Information]
  • Murphy, D. (2013). The Medical Model and the Philosophy of Science. In K Fulford, M Davies, R Gipps, G Graham, J Sadler, G Stanghellini, T Thornton (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy and Psychiatry, (pp. 966-986). Oxford: Oxford University Press.

2012

  • Murphy, D. (2012). The Folk Epistemology of Delusions. Neuroethics, 5(1), 19-22. [More Information]

2011

  • Murphy, D. (2011). Dopamine and Discovery. Philosophy, Psychiatry and Psychology, 18(1), 69-71. [More Information]
  • Roe, K., Murphy, D. (2011). Function, dysfunction, and adaptation? In P R Adriaens and A De Block (Eds.), Maladapting Minds: Philosophy, psychiatry and evolutionary theory, (pp. 216-237). Oxford, United Kingdom: Oxford University Press.
  • Murphy, D., Demazeux, S. (2011). Thinking about the foundations of psychiatry: an interview with philosopher Dominic Murphy. Psychiatrie, Sciences Humaines, Neurosciences, 9(3), 125-130. [More Information]

2010

  • Murphy, D. (2010). Cognitive Science Without Cognitive Psychology. ASCS09: 9th Conference of the Australasian Society for Cognitive Science, Sydney: Macquarie Centre for Cognitive Science.
  • Murphy, D. (2010). Complex Mental Disorders: Representation, Stability and Explanation. European Journal of Analytic Philosophy, 6(1), 28-42.
  • Murphy, D. (2010). Explanation in Psychiatry. Philosophy Compass, 5(7), 602-610. [More Information]
  • Murphy, D. (2010). Philosophy of Psychiatry. Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, , 1-58.

2009

  • Murphy, D. (2009). Psychiatry and the Concept of Disease as Pathology. In M.R. Broome and L. Bortolotti (Eds.), Psychiatry as Cognitive Neuroscience: Philosophical Perspectives, (pp. 103-117). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Murphy, D., Bishop, M. (2009). Stich and His Critics. United Kingdom: Blackwell Publishers.

2008

  • Murphy, D. (2008). Concepts of Health and Disease. In Edward N. Zalta (Eds.), Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy. California: Metaphysics Research Lab, CSLI, Stanford University.
  • Murphy, D. (2008). Health and Disease. In Sahotra Sarkar, Anya Plutynski (Eds.), A Companion to Philosophy of Biology, (pp. 287-297). Oxford: Blackwell Publishers.
  • Murphy, D. (2008). Understanding Causes and Reversing Outcomes. In Kenneth S. Kendler and Josef Parnas (Eds.), Philosophical Issues in Psychiatry: Explanation,Phenomenology and Nosology, (pp. 90-98). Baltimore, USA: Johns Hopkins University Press.

2007

  • Doris, J., Murphy, D. (2007). From My Lai to Abu Ghraib: The Moral Psychology of Atrocity. Midwest Studies in Philosophy, 31, 25-55.

2006

  • Murphy, D. (2006). On Fodor's Analogy: Why Psychology is Like Philosophy of Science After All. Mind and Language, 21(5), 553-564.
  • Murphy, D. (2006). Psychiatry in the Scientific Image. England: MIT Press.

2005

  • Murphy, D. (2005). Can evolution explain insanity? Biology and Philosophy, 20, 745-766. [More Information]
  • Murphy, D. (2005). The Concept of Mental Illness - Where the Debate Has Reached and Where It Needs to Go. Journal of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology, 25(1), 116-132.

2004

  • Murphy, D. (2004). Autonomy, Experience, and Therapy. Philosophy, Psychiatry and Psychology, 11(4), 303-307.
  • Woolfolk, R., Murphy, D. (2004). Axiological Foundations of Psychotherapy. Journal of Psychotherapy Integration, 14(2), 168-191.
  • Murphy, D. (2004). Darwinian Models of Psychopathology. In Jennifer Radden (Eds.), The Philosophy of Psychiatry: A Companion, (pp. 329-337). New York: Oxford University Press.

2003

  • Murphy, D. (2003). Adaptationism and Psychological Explanation. In Steven J. Scher and Frederick Rauscher (Eds.), Evolutionary Psychology: Alternative Approaches, (pp. 161-184). United States of America: Kluwer Academic Publishers.
  • Murphy, D. (2003). Scientific Psychiatry. British Journal of Psychiatry, 183, 564-565.
  • Murphy, D. (2003). The history and biography of life. Biology and Philosophy, 18, 607-618.
  • Murphy, D. (2003). What, if Anything, is Psychiatry? In Dr. Chhanda Chakraborti (Eds.), On Mind and Consciousness: Selected Papers from the MiCon 2002 Conference, (pp. 193-209). India: Indian Institute of Advanced Study.

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