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A/Prof. Patrick Stokes



Associate Professor of Philosophy


Faculty of Arts and Education


SHSS Arts & Education


Melbourne Burwood Campus


Doctor of Philosophy, University of Melbourne, 2006
Bachelor of Arts (Philosophy), University of Melbourne, 2000


Patrick joined Deakin in 2012, having previously held research fellowships at the University of Hertfordshire (where he remains a Research Fellow), the University of Copenhagen and St Olaf College.

Patrick's work sits at the intersections of the Continental and Analytic traditions, with research interests in 19th and 20th Century European Philosophy, personal identity, narrative selfhood, moral psychology, death and remembrance, and philosophy of religion. A particular focus in recent years has been bringing Kierkegaard into dialogue with contemporary analytic philosophy of personal identity and moral psychology, as well as exploring temporal and perspectival aspects of the question of selfhood.

Patrick is the author of The Naked Self: Kierkegaard and Personal Identity (Oxford, 2015) and Kierkegaard's Mirrors: Interest, Self, and Moral Vision (Palgrave, 2010), co-editor with John Lippitt of Narrative, Identity, and the Kierkegaardian Self (Edinburgh, 2015) and with Adam Buben of Kierkegaard and Death (Indiana University Press, 2011) and has published in edited collections and journals such as European Journal of Philosophy, Inquiry, Continental Philosophy Review, British Journal for the History of Philosophy,  Journal of Consciousness Studies, Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences and Philosophy and Technology.

Patrick is also a regular contributor to The Conversation, New Philosopher, and a regular media commentator on philosophical issues. He was awarded the Australasian Association of Philosophy Media Prize in 2014.

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Research interests

Kierkegaard, personal identity, narrative selfhood, 19th and 20th century European philosophy, death and the moral/phenomenal status of the dead, moral psychology, philosophy of religion.


Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (UK)
Advisory Board Member, Kierkegaard Studies Yearbook

Units taught

ASP102 World Religions

ASP227 Philosophies of Religion

ASP129 Love, Sex, and Death

ASP209 Freedom and Subjectivity


Convenor (with Jeffrey Hanson) of "Kierkegaard in the World" conference (Australian Catholic University, August 2013) Convenor (with John Lippitt) of "Narrative, Identity and the Kierkegaardian Self" conference (University of Hertfordshire, November 2011) Convenor (with Adam Buben) of "Kierkegaard and Death" conference (St Olaf College, December 2007)

Media appearances

Research groups

  • Centre for Citizenship and Globalization
  • Persona, Celebrity, Publics (PCP) Emerging Research Group


  • Affective identification and time
  • Death and immortality in the digital age
  • The moral psychology of K.E. Løgstrup
  • The ethics of conspiracy theory