Dr Bronwyn Finnigan

BA Hons. (Melbourne), MA (Sydney), PhD (Auckland)
Senior Lecturer, School of Philosophy
ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
T: +612-6125-2632

Research interests

Bronwyn Finnigan is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Philosophy in the RSSS. Her research primarily engages ethics, moral psychology, epistemology and philosophy of mind in Western and Asian philosophical traditions.

Researcher's projects

Bronwyn is currently focused on two related projects.

The first examines the meta-ethical grounds for the ethical theorisation of Buddhist thought. The term ‘Buddhism’ represents a limited diversity of competing philosophical positions. Much recent critical engagement with Buddhist thought by Western-trained philosophers engages with the competing metaphysical and epistemological systems Abhidharma, Yogacara, Madhyamaka and Pramanavada. While there is much contemporary interest in the nature of Buddhist ethics, few thinkers consider the bearing of these distinct theoretical systems on the plausibility and status of evaluative commitments. The aim of this project seeks to stimulate a new avenue of engaging the complexities Buddhist theoretical thought by examining the puzzles that are generated when they are put into dialogue with the evaluative and practical.

The second project investigates the nature of practical rationality (know-how, practical intelligence) involved in skilled action. Skilled actions are modes of conduct that are non-accidentally appropriate relative to some norms but are typically also phenomenally automatic and non-deliberative. The aim of this project is to develop an account of practical rationality that admits skilled action, so understood, as a model for ethical agency. This project draws on insights from cognitive science and contemporary philosophy of mind (relating to heuristics, emotions, and the role of concepts in shaping cognitive biases) as well as historical sources in both Western (especially Aristotle) and non-Western (especially Buddhist) philosophical thought. 


Projects and Grants

Grants information is drawn from ARIES. To add or update Projects or Grants information please contact your College Research Office.

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