Frederick D'Agostino

Professor Frederick D'Agostino

  • Post Nominals: FAHA
  • Fellow Type: Fellow
  • Elected to the Academy: 2005
  • Section(s): Philosophy And History Of Ideas


Fred D’Agostino is Professor of Humanities at The University of Queensland (UQ) and Associate Dean in the UQ Faculty of Arts. He holds an Australian Research Council Discovery Project Grant for work on social epistemology. He was (1996-2001) Editor of the Australian Journal of Philosophy and is now Editor of the journal Politics, Philosophy and Economics. He is author of four books – Chomsky’s System of Ideas (Clarendon, 1986), Free Public Reason (OUP, 1996), Incommensurability and Commensuration (Ashgate, 2003), and Naturalizing Epistemology (Palgrave, forthcoming) and co-editor of three collections – Freedom and Rationality: Essays in Honor of John Watkins (Kluwer, 1988) Public Reason (Ashgate, 2000) and The Routledge Companion to Social and Political Philosophy (Routledge, forthcoming). He did undergraduate psychology at Amherst College (BA magna cum laude, 1968), anthropology at Princeton University (MA, 1973), and philosophy at the London School of Economics and Political Science (PhD, 1978). He was Research Fellow in Philosophy in the Research School of Social Sciences at the Australian National University (1978-84) and later worked at the University of New England (1984-2004), where he was Head of the School of Social Science, Sub-Dean of Social Science, Associate Dean of Arts and Member of the University Council. He won the Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Teaching Excellence for his work teaching philosophy of social science. He holds a Australian Learning and Teaching Council Leadership Development Grant for work in curriculum and professional development.

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