Dr Matthew Kopec

MA (Virginia Tech), PhD (Wisconsin)
ARC DECRA Fellow, School of Philosophy, Research School of Social Sciences
College Arts & Social Sciences
T: (0)2 6125 8467

Areas of expertise

  • History And Philosophy Of Science (Incl. Non Historical Philosophy Of Science) 220206
  • History And Philosophy Of The Social Sciences 220208
  • Epistemology 220304
  • Social Philosophy 220319
  • Environmental Philosophy 220303
  • Applied Ethics Not Elsewhere Classified 220199


Matt is an empirically oriented philosopher who works on issues at the intersection of philosophy of science, social epistemology and applied ethics. His central project aims to devise a set of strategies to help diverse groups of problem solvers make more effective judgements and decisions. He also has research interests in scientific reasoning, rationality, cooperation, collective action, collective responsibility, the nature of evidence, and individual decision making under risk and uncertainty. He has broad interdisciplinary training and has been involved with interdisciplinary centres or departments at Virginia Tech, University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Colorado- Boulder and Northwestern University.

Researcher's projects

  • Group rationality and group decision-making
  • The role of moral norms in altruistic decisions
  • Epistemic values, risk aversion and rational belief
  • Obligations to future selves
  • Self-fulfilling models in the social sciences
  • Ethics of using race in law enforcement

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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