Michael Levine

Emeritus Professor, MA Virginia, PhD Brown (Rhode Island)

  • The University of Western Australia (M204), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


  • 172 Citations
  • 6 h-Index
1982 …2020
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 Professor Levine began his career at UWA in 1989, and has chaired the Philosophy department at various periods. He previously taught at Brown, The University of Virginia, The University of Pennsylvania and Swarthmore and has held visiting positions at several universities - including the Weissman Visiting Distinguished Professor, Baruch College, City University New York and as Cox Scholar at the University of Colorado, Center for Humanities and Arts. He is the recipient of numerous international fellowships and grants, including a U.S. Fulbright to Moscow; Rockefeller Foundation Grant at; Japan Foundation research fellowship; two Mellon foundation postdoctoral fellowships; senior fellowship at the Center for Advanced Studies at Durham University; Indian Council for Cultural Relations Fellowship (ICCR); an Indo-American Fellowship to India (“Advanced Research in India”); and the Hugh Le May Fellowship, Rhodes University. He was awarded the American Philosophical Association, Baumgardt Memorial Fellowship in Ethics for Lectures Delivered at Columbia University and University Virginia; and an Australian Academy of Humanities/Social Science research grant with the Chinese Academy of Social Science, Institute of Philosophy. He is the recipient of numerous Australian Research Council Discovery Grants and an Australian Research Council Linkage grant.

His publication record includes some 150 articles, and about a dozen single-authored, co-authored and edited books. While at UWA he has successfully collaborated with Professor Bill Taylor on works in philosophy and architecture; co-taught courses in architecture, and co-supervised Ph.D. students in an innovative program in the areas of ethics and the built environment. He has a particularly broad range of research and teaching interests including philosophy and architecture, ethics and social and political philosophy, philosophy of religion, comparative philosophy, philosophical psychology, philosophy and psychoanalysis; aesthetics (including film and music) and the history of philosophy. Cross-disciplinary work and grants include collaboration with colleagues in History, English, Engineering, Business as well as Architecture. He has supervised numerous Ph.D. students, some of whom now hold academic positions.

Professor Levine’s recent work includes edited volumes and essays on ethics and leadership; pragmatism; philosophy of education and reflections on ethical and other issues relating to universities. He may get around to writing book on regret.


  • Aesthetics
  • Business ethics
  • Comparative philosophy
  • Contemporary European philosophy
  • Ethics
  • Philosophy and film
  • Racism
  • History of philosophy
  • Locke, Berkeley, Hume
  • Metaphysics
  • Military ethics
  • Philosophical psychology
  • Philosophy and architecture
  • Philosophy and psychoanalysis
  • History, philosophy of
  • Mind, philosophy of
  • Religion, philosophy of
  • Philosophy, literature and film
  • Social and political philosophy
  • Terrorism/violence
  • Theory of knowledge

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Research Output 1982 2020

Reluctant heroes and itchy capes: the ineluctable desire to be the saviour

Levine, M. P. & D'Olimpio, L., 2020, (In preparation) In : Journal of Aesthetic Education.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Future Education: Schools and Universities

Levine, M. P. & D'Olimpio, L., 2019, In : Journal of Philosophy in Schools. 6, 1

Research output: Contribution to journalEditorial

Open Access

Hope: The Janus-faced virtue (With Feathers)1

Schrader, M. & Levine, M. P., 1 Jan 2019, In : European Journal for Philosophy of Religion. 11, 3, p. 11-30 20 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Clifford Geertz

Hope: The Janus-faced virtue (with feathers)

Levine, M. P. & Schrader, M., 2019, (In preparation) In : European Journal for Philosophy of Religion.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Introduction: Making Pragmatism Pragmatic

Stagoll, C. & Levine, M. P., 10 Apr 2019, Pragmatism Applied: William James and the Challenges of Contemporary Life. Stagoll, C. S. & Levine, M. P. (eds.). SUNY Press

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference paperChapter

Projects 1998 2015