European Philosophy and the History of Ideas

The European Philosophy and the History of Ideas (EPHI) is the largest centre in Victoria focusing on European philosophy and the history of ideas.

Our members

EPHI members draw on key works and figures in the history of ideas in order to critically examine a number of concepts central to contemporary thinking about ourselves, our world, and how we ought to live. 

We explore how various philosophical ideas in European and global traditions have shaped wider cultures in different periods and, in turn, how they've been shaped by wider institutional, economic, political, and social forces. 

We host a fortnightly research seminar, as well as several focused workshops throughout the year.

Areas we engage in

We aim to facilitate dialogue between researchers from diverse disciplinary backgrounds. Our goal is to develop new connections between the history of philosophical thought, abstract thinking about concepts, theoretical reasoning about the world and its contents, and practical reasoning about individual and collective activity.

Our areas of engagement include the following:

  • Personal identity
  • Subjectivity
  • Action and agency
  • Practical reason
  • Intersubjectivity
  • Political and legal authority
  • Politics and aesthetics
  • Philosophy as a way of life
  • Happiness and human flourishing
  • Spiritual practices
  • Time and change
  • Language and meaning
  • The literary
  • Psychoanalysis

Key thinkers

The following are thinkers whose works are key references for EPHI members.

  • Arendt
  • Aristotle
  • Badiou
  • Camus
  • de Beauvoir
  • Deleuze
  • Derrida
  • Dogen
  • Foucault
  • Freud
  • Hadot
  • Heidegger
  • Hegel
  • Husserl
  • Lacan
  • Kant
  • Kierkegaard
  • Merleau-Ponty
  • Nagarjuna
  • Nietzsche
  • Plato
  • Sartre
  • Shankara
  • the Frankfurt School
  • the Stoics
  • Žižek