A/PROF Howard Sankey

A/PROF Howard Sankey


  • Epistemology, metaphysics and philosophy of science
  • Incommensurability and conceptual change
  • Scepticism and epistemic relativism
  • Scientific realism and anti-realism



  • My interests fall in the overlap between philosophy of science and the surrounding areas of epistemology, metaphysics, philosophy of language and mind. Currently, I'm working on the relation between science and common sense and the epistemology of perception.   


Member of

  • Australasian Association of Philosophy. Member 1982 - 2017


Selected publications


Education and training

  • PhD, University of Melbourne 1989
  • PGDip, University of Otago 1981
  • BA, University of Otago 1980



Available for supervision

  • Y

Supervision Statement

  • I'm able to supervise a variety of topics in general philosophy of science, e.g. topics relating to scientific realism and anti-realism, theory change, methodology, incommensurability, conceptual change, as well as topics relating to the work of T.S. Kuhn, P.K. Feyerabend, I. Lakatos or K. Popper.   In epistemology and metaphysics, I would be interested in projects relating to metaphysical realism, scepticism about the external world, scepticism and relativism, naturalism, induction and natural kinds.