Caroline West


Senior Lecturer Philosophy

Caroline is a Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Sydney. She received her PhD in philosophy from The Australian National University, and held teaching and research positions at Monash University, Simon Fraser University (Vancouver, Canada) and Macquarie University, prior to her appointment at Sydney in 2002 where she teaches popular courses in Philosophical Ethics, as well as Philosophy of Happiness and Practical Ethics

Caroline has taught and published widely on a range of topics in ethics, metaphysics and political philosophy. Her publications have appeared in leading academic journals, including Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, Journal of Political Philosophy, Canadian Journal of Philosophy, Australasian Journal of Philosophy, and the Journal of Value Inquiry

Caroline is frequently interviewed on ABC radio, and her popular essays on topics such as the nature of happiness and free speech have appeared in the Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The National Times, and the Australian Review of Public Affairs. In 2010 she was awarded the Australasian Association of Philosophy Media Prize. She is currently writing a book on Happiness.