Dr Anton Killin

PhD (Victoria University of Wellington)
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences

Areas of expertise

  • Philosophy 2203
  • History And Philosophy Of Science (Incl. Non Historical Philosophy Of Science) 220206
  • Musicology And Ethnomusicology 190409
  • Aesthetics 220301
  • Metaphysics 220309

Research interests

Philosophy of the sciences (esp. philosophy of biology, philosophy of archaeology)

Philosophy of the arts (esp. philosophy of music, philosophy of literature)

The evolution of music and language


Anton is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the School of Philosophy and Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language.

Anton is working on projects on the evolution of music and language, philosophy of archaeology, philosophy of biology, and philosophy of the arts. Currently this includes research on causal hypotheses in evolutionary linguistics, the role of music in human evolution, modelling of communicative/cultural traditions in animals, cognitive archaeology, music archaeology and the philosophy of music.

Anton has been a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the ANU since January 2017. From August 2017 through May 2018, he also held a position as Visiting Postdoctoral Associate at Florida International Unviersity in Miami. He received his PhD in philosophy from Victoria University of Wellington and MMus from the New Zealand School of Music; he has taught philosophy at Victoria University of Wellington, Massey University, Florida International University and the Australian National University, and music at the New Zealand School of Music.


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