Associate Professor William Grey

Honorary Associate Professor

School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry
Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

Honorary Associate Professor

School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry
Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

Overview

Honorary Research Associate Professor in Philosophy at the University of Queensland (Brisbane); BA (Hons) and MA degrees from the Australian National University (Canberra); PhD in Philosophy from Cambridge University. Before joining the Philosophy Department at the University of Queensland taught at the Australian National University, Temple University (Philadelphia) and the University of New England (Armidale). Courses taught include environmental philosophy, bioethics, and metaphysics. Research interests include applied ethics, in particular environmental philosophy, and metaphysics. Research (and other) publications can be viewed (and in many cases downloaded) from https://uq.academia.edu/WGrey

In 2007 participated in Al Gore's Climate Change Leadership Program in Melbourne and qualified as a Climate Leader with The Climate Project, whose Australian branch was established in in conjunction with the Australian Conservation Foundation.

Research Interests

  • Environmental Philosophy
    Anthropocentrism; obligations to the future
  • Metaphysics
    Existence in time, metaphysics of time
  • Epistemology
    The left and right hemispheres of our brain experience the world, and process that experience, in strikingly different ways. Epistemology is dominated by the left hemisphere. Right hemisphere epistemology may provide some useful corrective insights into a number of philosophical puzzles
  • History of philosophy
    Bergson's theory of duration

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of Cambridge
  • Masters (Coursework), Australian National University
  • Bachelor (Honours) of Arts, Australian National University

Publications

  • Grey, William (2023). Gaia theory - reflections on life in the universe. One Year After James Lovelock (1919-2022). (pp. 137-171) edited by Charles Tandy. Ann Arbor, MI, United States: Ria University Press.

  • Grey, William (2012). A fortunate academic life. Death and anti-death, volume 10: ten years after John Rawls (1921-2012). (pp. 95-100) edited by Charles Tandy and Jack Lee. Palo Alto, CA, United States: Ria University Press.

  • Grey, W. (2012). Playing God. The encyclopedia of applied ethics. (pp. 468-473) edited by Ruth Chadwick. London, United Kingdom: Academic Press. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-12-373932-2.00224-6

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Publications

Book Chapter

  • Grey, William (2023). Gaia theory - reflections on life in the universe. One Year After James Lovelock (1919-2022). (pp. 137-171) edited by Charles Tandy. Ann Arbor, MI, United States: Ria University Press.

  • Grey, William (2012). A fortunate academic life. Death and anti-death, volume 10: ten years after John Rawls (1921-2012). (pp. 95-100) edited by Charles Tandy and Jack Lee. Palo Alto, CA, United States: Ria University Press.

  • Grey, W. (2012). Playing God. The encyclopedia of applied ethics. (pp. 468-473) edited by Ruth Chadwick. London, United Kingdom: Academic Press. doi: 10.1016/B978-0-12-373932-2.00224-6

  • Grey, William (2010). Climate change and obligations to the future. Sustainability and quality of life. (pp. 157-169) edited by Jack Lee. Palo Alto, CA, U.S.A.: Ria University Press.

  • Grey, William (2010). Evolution and the meaning of life. Intelligent Design and Religion as a Natural Phenomenon. (pp. 435-452) edited by John S. Wilkins. Farnham, Surrey, UK: Ashgate.

  • Grey, William (2009). Last man arguments. The encyclopedia of environmental ethics and philosophy. (pp. 40-41) edited by J. Baird Callicott and Robert Frodeman. Detroit, U.S.A.: Macmillan Reference.

  • Grey, William (2009). Sylvan, Richard. The encyclopedia of environmental ethics and philosophy. (pp. 298-299) edited by J. Baird Callicott and Robert Frodeman. Detroit, U.S.A.: Macmillan Reference.

  • Grey, William and Grote, Bill (2008). The Ethics of Enhancement. Death And Anti-Death, Volume 6: Thirty Years After Kurt Godel (1906-1978). (pp. 101-126) edited by Charles Tandy. California, U.S.A.: Ria University Press.

  • Grey, William (2008). The value of wilderness. Moral Issues in Business. (pp. 418-423) edited by William H. Shaw, Vincent Barry and Spiro Panagiotou. Scarborough: Nelson Education.

  • Grey, William (2006). Time wounds all heels. Death and anti-death: Twenty years after de Beauvoir, thirty years after Heidegger. (pp. 165-180) edited by Charles Tandy. California, United States: Ria University Press.

  • Grey, William (2003). Diachronic obligation. Time and Ethics: essays at the intersection. (pp. 219-235) edited by Heather Dyke. Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Kluwer Academic Publishers.

  • Grey, W. (2003). The Harm of Death. Death and Anti-Death. Volume 1 One hundred years after N.F. Federov (1829-1903). (pp. 359-376) edited by C. Tandy. California: Ria University Press.

  • Grey, W. L. (2002). Preface. Can Death Be a Harm to the Person Who Dies?. (pp. ix-ix) edited by H Tristam Engelhardt Jr and Stuart F Spicker. Netherlands: Kluwer Academic.

  • Grey, William (2001). Playing God. The concise encyclopedia of the ethics of new technology. (pp. 335-339) edited by Ruth F. Chadwick. San Diego, CA, USA: Academic Press.

  • Grey, William L. (2000). A critique of deep green theory. Beneath the Surface: Critical Essays in the Philosophy of Deep Ecology. (pp. 43-58) edited by Eric Katz, Andrew Light and David Rothenberg. Cambridge Mass: MIT Press.

  • Grey, William (2000). Right to die or duty to live? The problem of Euthanasia. Death, dying, and bereavement. (pp. 270-283) edited by Donna Dickenson, Malcolm Johnson and Jeanne Samson Katz. London: Sage Publications.

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Grey, W. (2007). Ecological Problems and Environmental Education for the 21st Century. International Conference for Ecology Education, Tamkang University (Tamsui Campus), Taiwan, 25-26 May 2007. Taiwan: College of Education, Tamkang University, Taiwan.

  • Thiel, Inari, Bergmann, Neil W. and Grey, William (2003). A Case for Investigating the Ethics of Artificial Life?. ACAL2003: The First Australian Conference on Artificial Life, Canberra, Australia, 6-7 December, 2003. Canberra: The University of New South Wales.

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Completed Supervision