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DR Maurita Harney


  • History and philosophy of science (Biosemiotics)
  • Metaphysics (Embodiment, consciousness, Continental Philosophy, biosemiotics)
  • Phenomenology (Neuroscience;)



  • Dr Maurita Harney has taught philosophy at the University of Melbourne, the ANU, and Swinburne University of Technology, where she was head/chair of Philosophy. Although her earlier specialisation was in analytic philosophy, in the 1970s she was drawn to the continental tradition, joining the small group of philosophers developing teaching and research in this area, and in 1976 she convened Australia’s first phenomenology conference. Her PhD thesis (1980) on Husserl and Frege sought to bridge a gap in understanding between the analytic and continental traditions. Subsequent teaching and research covered phenomenological/hermeneutic approaches to philosophy of mind, language, and computing. She has also taught in the philosophy of management, corporate ethics, and organisation dynamics.
    Maurita’s recent interests include the intersection of phenomenology and neuroscience, and the emerging research area of biosemiotics – an approach to nature, biology, and ‘embodied’ cognition, which draws its philosophical inspiration from the philosophy of Charles Sanders Peirce.   


Selected publications


Education and training

  • Grad Dip App FTV, Swinburne University of Technology
  • PhD, The Australian National University
  • MA, University of Melbourne
  • BA, University of Melbourne
  • DipEd, University of Melbourne



Available for supervision

  • Y