Associate Professor Peter Slezak

Associate Professor
BA Hons UNSW, MPhil PhD Columbia
School of Humanities & Languages

Contact

9385 2422
315 Morven Brown
Fields: History and Philosophy of Science (incl. Non-historical Philosophy ofScience), Curriculum Studies: Science Education, Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Mind (excl. Cognition)

Publications

    Books

    • Staines PJ; Slezak PP; Clapin H, (eds.), 2004, Representation in Mind: New Approaches to Mental Representation, Original, Elsevier, Amsterdam, Netherlands
    • Slezak PP; Caelli T; Clark R, (eds.), 1995, Perspectives on Cognitive Science, Perspectives on Cognitive Science, Ablex
    • Slezak PP; Albury WR, (eds.), 1989, Computers, brains, and minds, Australasian Studies in History and Philosophy of Science, D Reidel Pub Co

    Book Chapters

    • Slezak PP, 2012, 'The Wicked Son', in Abarbanel A (ed.), Beyond Tribal Loyalties: Personal Stories of Jewish Peace Activists, edn. 1, Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp. 65 - 84, http://www.c-s-p.org/Flyers/Beyond-Tribal-Loyalties1-4438-3449-1.htm
    • Slezak PP, 2010, 'Cognitive Science', in Oppy G; Trakakis N (ed.), A Companion to Philosophy in Australia and New Zealand, edn. 1, Monash University Publishing, Melbourne
    • Slezak PP, 2009, 'Gods of the State: Atheism, Enlightenment & Barbarity', in Quadrio PA (ed.), Politics and Religion in the New Century: Philosophical Perspectives., edn. Original, Sydney University Press., pp. 20 - 60, http://hdl.handle.net/2123/5737
    • Slezak PP, 2007, 'Psychological Reality of Grammars', in McNamara D; Tafton G (ed.), 29th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, edn. Original, Cognitive Science Society, Inc., Wheat Ridge, CO, pp. 647 - 652
    • Slezak PP, 2004, 'The world gone wrong: Images, illusions, mistakes & misrepresentations', in Slezak P; Clapin H; Staines P (ed.), Representation in Mind: New Approaches to Mental Representation, edn. Original, Elsevier, Amsterdam, Netherlands, pp. 163 - 185
    • Slezak PP, 2000, 'Much ado about nothing: review of C. Seife, Zero: the biography of a dangerous idea; R. Kaplan, The nothing that is: a natural history of zero; A.D. Aczel, God`s equation: Einstein, relativity and the', in The Australian's Review of Books, edn. Original, News Corporation, Sydney, pp. 18 - 20
    • Slezak PP, 2000, 'The mind-brain problem in contemporary perspective', in Integrative Neuroscience: Bringing together biological, psychological and clincal models of the human brain, edn. Original, Harwood Academic Publishers, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, pp. 49 - 63
    • Slezak PP, 2000, 'Radical social constructivism', in Yearbook of the National Society for the Study of Education, edn. Original, pp. 91 - 126
    • Slezak PP, 2000, 'Descartes` startling doctrine of the reverse-sign relation', in Descartes` natural philosophy: optics, mechanics and cosmology, edn. Original, Routledge Press, London, pp. 542 - 556
    • Slezak PP, 1999, 'Situated Cognition: empirical issue, `paradigm shift`, or conceptual confusion?', in Perspectives on Cognitive Science: theories, experiments & foundations Vol II, edn. Original, Ablex Publishing Corporation, Stanford, Connecticut, pp. 69 - 98
    • Slezak PP, 1996, 'East Timor and the responsibility of `intellectuals`', in It`s Time to Lead the Way, edn. Original, East Timor Relief Association, Collingwood, Victoria, pp. 72 - 82

    Journal articles

    • Slezak P, 2012, 'Mario Bunge's Materialist Theory of Mind and Contemporary Cognitive Science', Science and Education, vol. 21, pp. 1475 - 1484, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11191-012-9463-7
    • Slezak PP, 2012, 'Faith vs Reason. Review article of Michael Ruse, Science and Spirituality: Making Room for Faith in the Age of Science', Science & Education, vol. 21, pp. 403 - 413
    • Good R;Slezak P, 2011, 'Editors' Introduction', Science and Education, vol. 20, pp. 401 - 409, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11191-010-9331-2
    • Slezak PP, 2011, 'Philosophers, three year olds & autistics', Proceedings of the 31st Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society
    • Slezak PP;Good R, 2011, 'Editors' Introduction to Special Issue on Pseudoscience in Education', Science & Education Contributions from History, Philosophy and Sociology of Science and Mathematics., vol. 20, pp. 401 - 409
    • Slezak PP, 2011, 'Review of Maurice A. Finocchiaro's 'Defending Copernicus & Galileo'', Science & Education Contributions from History, Philosophy and Sociology of Science and Mathematics., vol. 20, pp. 71 - 81
    • Slezak P, 2010, 'Radical constructivism: Epistemology, education and dynamite', Constructivist Foundations, vol. 6, pp. 102 - 111
    • Slezak PP, 2010, 'Doubts about Descartes' indubitability', Philosophical Forum, vol. 41, pp. 389 - 412
    • Slezak PP, 2009, 'Review John H Sceski Popper, Objectivity and the growth of Knowledge', Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, vol. online, pp. online - online, http://ndpr.nd.edu/
    • Slezak PP, 2009, 'Linguistic Explanation and `Psychological Reality`', CROATIAN JOURNAL OF PHILOSOPHY, vol. 9, pp. 3 - 20
    • Slezak P, 2006, 'Demons, deceivers and liars: Newcomb's Malin Génie', Theory and Decision, vol. 61, pp. 277 - 303, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11238-006-9002-6
    • Slezak PP, 2004, 'There`s more to vision than meets the eye (Review of Z. Pylyshyn `Seeing and visualizing: it`s not what you think`)', Trends in Cognitive Sciences, vol. 8, pp. 287 - 293
    • Slezak PP, 2004, 'There`s more to vision than meets the eye: Review of Z. Pylyshyn `Seeing and Visualizing: It`s Not What You Think`', Trends in Cognitive Sciences, vol. 8, pp. 291 - 293, http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/B6VH9-4CKFSNV-3/2/217519a9885f674d03cd8011fbee1d95
    • Slezak PP, 2002, 'Talking to ourselves: The intelligibility of inner speech', BEHAVIORAL AND BRAIN SCIENCES, vol. 25, pp. 699 - +, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000222416100029&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a
    • Slezak PP, 2002, 'The imagery debate: Deja-vu all over again?', BEHAVIORAL AND BRAIN SCIENCES, vol. 25, pp. 209 - +, http://gateway.webofknowledge.com/gateway/Gateway.cgi?GWVersion=2&SrcApp=PARTNER_APP&SrcAuth=LinksAMR&KeyUT=WOS:000183686300029&DestLinkType=FullRecord&DestApp=ALL_WOS&UsrCustomerID=891bb5ab6ba270e68a
    • Slezak P, 2002, 'Thinking about thinking: Language, thought and introspection', Language and Communication, vol. 22, pp. 353 - 373, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0271-5309(02)00012-5
    • Slezak PP, 2002, 'The imagery debate: Déjà-vu all over again?', Behavioral and Brain Sciences, vol. 25, pp. 209 - 210, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0140525X02490048
    • Slezak PP, 2002, 'Talking to ourselves: The intelligibility of inner speech', Behavioral and Brain Sciences, vol. 25, pp. 699 - 700, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0140525X02490127
    • Slezak PP, 2002, 'The tripartite model of representation', Philosophical Psychology, vol. 15, pp. 239 - 270
    • Slezak PP, 2002, 'The Imagery Debate: Déjà vu all over again? Commentary on Zenon Pylyshyn', Behavioral and Brain Sciences, vol. 25, pp. 209 - 210
    • Slezak PP, 2000, 'Review of Dava Sobel, Galileo`s daughter: a drama of science, faith and love', Quadrant, pp. 75 - 77
    • Slezak PP, 1999, 'Review of S. Fuller and W. R. Shadish eds. `The social psychology of science ` and R. Dunbar,`The trouble with science`', Journal of the History of the Behavioral Sciences, pp. 188 - 190
    • Slezak PP, 1997, '`Review of Barnes, Bloor and Henry, Scientific Knowledge: A Sociological Analysis`', Metascience, vol. 11, pp. 44 - 52

    Conference Papers

    • Slezak PP, 2004, 'Fodor`s guilty passions: Representation as Hume`s ideas', in 26th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, 26th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, Chicago Illinois USA, presented at 26th Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society, Chicago Illinois USA, 04 - 07 August 2004
    • Slezak PP, 2001, 'Representation:where philosophy goes when it dies', in 23rd Annual conference of the Cognitive Science Society, Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society 2001, Edinburgh, Scotland, presented at Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society 2001, Edinburgh, Scotland, 01 - 04 August 2001
    • Slezak PP, 1998, 'Rational decision theory: the relevance of Newcomb`s paradox', in Gernsbacher MA; Derry SJ (eds.), 20th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, 20th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, Madison, Wisconsin, USA, pp. 992 - 996, presented at 20th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, Madison, Wisconsin, USA, 01 - 04 August 1998

Teaching and Supervision

Consultation Times
Peter is available for consultation by prior arrangement.

Honours and prizes

2010 Australian Association of Philosophy (AAP) Media Prize

http://www.aap.org.au/AAPmediaprize

School of History and Philosophy at the University of New South Wales for the pivotal role that he played in the production of the Compass program,The Trials of Galileo, which appeared on the ABC in May 2010.In this program the trial of Galileo at the hands of the Roman Catholic Inquisition is re-examined. Nearly 400 years after the original trial, the program brought together leadings scientists, scholars, barristers, politicians and churchmen to assess whether Galileo was correctly treated. This was an important television event that explored important philosophical themes about the relationship between religion and science. The program demonstrated a keen sense of how issues in the philosophy of science might be brought to life for a general audience.

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