Mark Colyvan

AssocDipAppSc (RMIT), BSc(Hons) (NE), PhD (ANU)

Professor of Philosophy
Department of Philosophy
A14 Main Quadrangle
University of Sydney
Sydney, NSW, 2006

Office: Room N285, Main Quad (off Lobby Q, NE corner of Quad)
Phone: (+61 2) 9036 6175
Fax: (+61 2) 9351 3918
Email: mark.colyvan AT sydney DOT edu DOT au

Visiting Professor
Munich Center for Mathematical Philosophy
Ludwig-Maximilians University

Mark's Research Page

Research Interests
Philosophy of Logic, Philosophy of Mathematics, Decision Theory, Environmental Philosophy, Ecology and Conservation Biology.

Current Research Projects
Formal Approaches to Legal Reasoning, Mathematical Notation (ARC funded), Mathematical Explanation (ARC funded), Decision and Risk in Environmental Science, Group Decision Methods (DAFF funded), Ecological Allometries (STIAS funded).


Selected Recent Papers
  • 'Two Flavours of Mathematical Explanation', in A. Reutlinger and J. Saatsi (eds.), Explanation Beyond Causation, Oxford University Press, forthcoming. (Coauthors: John Cusbert and Kelvin McQueen.)
  • 'How Mathematics Can Make a Difference', Philosophers' Imprint, forthcoming. (Coauthors: Sam Baron and David Ripley.)
  • 'Time Enough for Explanation', The Journal of Philosophy, forthcoming. (Coauthor: Sam Baron.)
  • 'Making Ado without Expectations', Mind, forthcoming. (Coauthor: Alan Hájek.)
  • 'Disagreement Behind the Veil of Ignorance' Philosophical Studies, Vol. 170, No. 3 (September 2014), 377–94. (Coauthors: Ryan Muldoon, Chiara Lisciandra, Carlo Martini, Giacomo Sillari, and Jan Sprenger.)
  • 'Tolerating Gluts: A Reply to Beall', Mind, Vol. 123, No. 491 (July 2014), 813–28. (Coauthors: Zach Weber, David Ripley, Graham Priest, and Dominic Hyde.)
  • 'Voting Systems for Environmental Decisions: A Review', Conservation Biology, Vol. 28, No. 2 (April 2014), 322–32. (Coauthors: Mark A. Burgman, Helen M. Regan, Lynn A. Maguire, James Justus, Tara G. Martin and Kris Rothley.)
  • 'Resolving Disagreement through Mutual Respect', Erkenntnis, Vol. 78, No. 4 (August 2013), 881–98. (Coauthors: Carlo Martini and Jan Sprenger.)
  • 'Idealisations in Normative Models', Synthese, Vol. 190, No. 8 (May 2013), 1337–50.
  • 'Road Work Ahead: Heavy Machinery on the Easy Road', Mind, Vol. 121, No. 484 (October 2012), 1031–46.
  • 'Just What is Vagueness?', Ratio, Vol. 25, No. 1 (March 2012), 19–33. (Coauthor: Otávio Bueno.)
  • 'Indexing and Mathematical Explanation', Philosophia Mathematica (3), Vol. 19, No. 3 (October 2011), 323–34. (Coauthor: Alan Baker.)
  • 'An Inferential Conception of the Application of Mathematics', Noûs, Vol. 45, No. 2 (June 2011), 345–74. (Coauthor: Otávio Bueno.)
  • 'The Conservation Game', Biological Conservation, Vol. 144, No. 4 (April 2011), 1246–53. (Coauthors: James Justus and Helen M. Regan.)
  • 'Mating, Dating, and Mathematics: It's All in the Game', in K. Miller and M. Clark (eds.), Dating—Philosophy for Everyone: Flirting with Big Ideas, Wiley-Blackwell, 2010, pp. 211–20. Reprinted in M. Pitici (ed.), The Best Writing on Mathematics 2012, Princeton University Press, 2013, 262–71.
  • 'Modelling the Moral Dimension of Decisions', Noûs, Vol. 44, No. 3 (September 2010), 503–29. (Coauthors: Damian Cox and Katie Steele.)
  • 'The Natural Environment is Valuable but Not Infinitely Valuable', Conservation Letters, Vol. 3, No. 4 (August 2010), 224–8. (Coauthors: James Justus and Helen M. Regan.)
  • 'A Topological Sorites', The Journal of Philosophy, Vol. 107, No. 6 (June 2010), 311–25. (Coauthor: Zach Weber.)
  • 'Analogical Thinking in Ecology: Looking Beyond Disciplinary Boundaries', The Quarterly Review of Biology, Vol. 85, No. 2 (June 2010), 171–82. (Coauthor: Lev R. Ginzburg.)
  • 'There is No Easy Road to Nominalism', Mind, Vol. 119, No. 474 (April 2010), 285–306.

For a complete publication list and many downloadable papers, see Mark's Research Page.
For publications listed by topic, see Mark's Publications by Topic.

Other Activities and Service

Past President of the Society for Risk Analysis (Australia and New Zealand) (2013); Past President of the Australasian Association of Philosophy (2005–2006); Member of the editorial boards of The Bulletin of Symbolic Logic, The Australasian Journal of Philosophy, and Conservation Letters;


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