Stephen Hetherington

Emeritus Professor Stephen Hetherington

  • Post Nominals: FAHA
  • Fellow Type: Fellow
  • Elected to the Academy: 2011
  • Section(s): Philosophy And History Of Ideas


Stephen Hetherington is a Professor Emeritus of Philosophy at the University of New South Wales whose key research interests are in epistemology and metaphysics. With several monographs and edited collections and more than 100 articles, he has earned an international reputation for his revivification of epistemology. He has also produced several lively works introducing students to the history and current frontiers of epistemology, which have been translated into a number of languages and have been used for teaching in widely dispersed countries – the secret of their success lies partly in the way he includes his own original research, in enlivening the exposition of traditional debates. Emeritus Professor Hetherington is currently the Editor-in-Chief of the Australasian Journal of Philosophy.

His publications include Epistemology’s Paradox: Is a Theory of Knowledge Possible? (1992), Good Knowledge, Bad Knowledge: On Two Dogmas of Epistemology (2001) and How To Know: A Practical Conception of Knowledge (2011).

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