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Catriona Mackenzie


Catriona has a BA (Hons) in Philosophy (ANU, 1983) and a PhD in Philosophy (ANU, 1992). She has taught at the ANU, Monash University, Macquarie University and Utrecht University.

Catriona's research expertise is in moral psychology, ethics, applied ethics and feminist philosophy. She is a current member of the Humanities and Creative Arts panel of the ARC College of Experts.


Awards and Prizes

  • Vice-Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Higher Degree Research Supervision 2009
  • Erasmus Mundus Academic Staff Scholarship, Utrecht University 2009
  • ALTC Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning 2008 (joint citation with Mianna Lotz & Cynthia Townley)
  • Macquarie University Outstanding Service Award 2008
  • Eureka Prize for Research in Ethics 2007
  • Macquarie Univerisity Outstanding Teacher Award 1998


Catriona currently teaches or has taught the following units:

  • PHL 132 Philosophy, Morality and Society
  • PHL 225 Ethical Theory
  • PHL 242 Practical Ethics
  • PHL 264/364 Business and Professional Ethics
  • PHL 352 Philosophical Problems of Gender
  • PHL 354 Philosophy Capstone Unit
  • PHL 357 Theories of Justice
  • PHL 382 Agency and the Self

Honours Seminars: Metaphor and Philosophy, Agency and the Self, Emotions in Moral Theory, Multicultural and Global Justice

Honours Supervision: 20 honours theses on a range of topics in moral philosophy, applied ethics, feminist philosophy

Graduate Supervision

  • Mary Walker, 'Personal Continuation: Psychological Continuity and Narrative Theories of Identity', PhD 2010
  • Jacqui Poltera, 'Narrative Self-Integration, Agency and Fragmentation', PhD 2009
  • John Quilter, 'Morality, Luck and Blame', PhD 2009
  • Andy Hill, 'Madness, Badness and the Reactive Attitudes', MPhil 2008
  • Laura Coffey, 'Intentional Theories of Emotion: Their Scope and Plausibility', MA (Hons), 2005
  • Anthony McGann, 'Affectivity in Emotion', Masters by Research, 2005
  • Sharon Gaby, 'The Ethical Pregnancy: Reproductive Choice in the Context of Prenatal Testing', PhD, 2003
  • Martin Kelly, '"Trust me, I'm a Doctor": The Role and Function of Trust in Clinical Practice', PhD 2003, Awarded VC's Commendation
  • Kim Atkins, 'A Tensive Theory of Selfhood: Narrative and the Embodied Perspective', PhD, 1998, Awarded Dean's Commendation
  • Kandy White, 'Nursing: Vocation or Profession?', MA (Hons), 1998

Current students

  • Jonathan McGuire, PhD candidate, Topic: Moral Cognition (Co-supervisor)
  • Brennan Jacoby, PhD candidate, Topic: Trust and Betrayal (Co-supervisor)
  • David Wallace, PhD candidate, Topic: Professional Ethics and Community Service Workers (Co-supervisor)


Edited Books

Emotions, Imagination and Moral Reasoning, co-edited with Robyn Langdon, (New York: Psychology Press), forthcoming 2010.

Practical Identity and Narrative Agency, co-edited with Kim Atkins, (Routledge: New York & London, 2008).

Relational Autonomy: Feminist Perspectives on Autonomy, Agency and the Social Self, (New York: Oxford University Press, 2000). 314pp. (co-edited with Natalie Stoljar)

Current Book Projects

Vulnerability, Agency and Justice, co-edited with Susan Dodds & Wendy Rogers.

Imagining Oneself Otherwise: Agency, Identity and Practical Reflection (book manuscript).

Selected Journal Articles and Book Chapters

'Emotions, Reflection and Moral Agency' in R. Langdon & C Mackenzie (eds), Emotions, Imagination and Moral Reasoning, (New York: Psychology Press), forthcoming 2010.

'Feminist Philosophy' in L. Burns, F. Leigh, S. Gardner, G. Oppy, & N. Trakakis (eds) A History of Australasian Philosophy, (Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer, forcoming).

'Autonomy: Individualistic or Relational?' in G. Marston and J. Moss (eds), Risk, Welfare and Work, (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 2010), pp. 107-127.

'Citizenship, Identity and Immigration: Contemporary Philosophical Perspectives', in C. Slade and M. Mollering (eds) From Migrant to Citizen: Testing Language, Testing Culture (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2010), pp. 191-216.

'Narrative Integration, Fragmented Selves and Autonomy', co-authored with Jacqui Poltera, Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy, Special Issue: Feminist Ethics and Social Theory, 25(1), 2010, pp. 31-54.

'Conceptions of Autonomy and Conceptions of the Body in Bioethics', in Jackie Leach-Scully, Laurel Baldwin-Ragaven & Petya Fitzpatrick (eds.) Feminist Bioethics: At the Centre, On the Margins, (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010), pp. 71-90.

'Personal Identity, Narrative Integration and Embodiment' in Sue Campbell, Letitia Meynell, Susan Sherwin (eds.) Embodiment and Agency, (Philadelphia: Penn State University Press, 2009), pp. 100-125

'A Re-analysis of the personal/impersonal distinction in moral psychology, Jonathon McGuire, Max Coltheart, Robyn Langdon, Catriiona Mackenzie, Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 45, 2009: 577-80.

'Relational Autonomy, Normative Authority and Perfectionism', Journal of Social Philosophy, 39 (4), 2008, pp. 512-533

'Introduction: Practical Identity and Narrative Agency' in Mackenzie, C. & Atkins, K. (eds) Practical Identity and Narrative Agency, (Routledge: New York & London, 2008), pp. 1-28

'Imagination, Identity and Self-transformation' in Mackenzie, C. & Atkins, K. (eds) Practical Identity and Narrative Agency, (Routledge: New York & London, 2008), pp. 121-145

'Moral Imagination, Disability and Embodiment', co-authored with Jackie Leach Scully, Journal of Applied Philosophy, 24 (4), 2007: 335-351

'Bare Personhood? Velleman on Selfhood' (Published with a reply by J. David Velleman), Philosophical Explorations 10 (3), 2007: 263-281

'"Beyond Do No Harm: The Challenge of Constructing Ethical Relationships in Refugee Research', (Catriona Mackenzie, Christopher McDowell, Eileen Pittaway), Journal of Refugee Studies, 20 (2), 2007: 299-319

'Relational Autonomy, Sexual Justice and Cultural Pluralism', in Barbara Arneil, Monique Deveaux, Avigail Eisenberg (eds.) Sexual Justice/Cultural Justice, Routlege (New York & London), 2007, pp. 103-121

'Imagining Other Lives', Philosophical Papers, 35 (1), November 2006, pp. 293-325. Special Issue: Politics and the Imagination

'Placing Ethics in the Centre: Negotiating New Spaces for Ethical Research in Conflict Situations', (Anthony Zwi, Natalie Grove, Catriona Mackenzie, Eileen Pittaway, Deborah Zion, Derrick Silove, Daniel Tarantola), Global Public Health 1(3), October 2006, pp. 264-277

'Critical Reflection, Self Knowledge and the Emotions', Philosophical Explorations 5 (3), October, 2002, pp. 186-206. Special Issue: Autonomy. Problems and Limits, edited by Beate Roessler.

'On Bodily Autonomy', in S.K. Toombs (ed.) Handbook of Phenomenology and Medicine, Philosophy and Medicine Series, vol. 68, (Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Kluwer, 2001), pp. 417-439.

'Imagining Oneself Otherwise', in Mackenzie & Stoljar (eds.) Relational Autonomy, (OUP, 2000) pp. 124-150.
Reprinted in:
Kim Atkins (ed.) Self and Subjectivity: A Reader with Commentary, (Blackwell, Oxford, 2004)

'Introduction: Refiguring Autonomy', in Mackenzie & Stoljar (eds.) Relational Autonomy, (OUP, 2000), pp. 3-31 (with Natalie Stoljar)

'A Certain Lack of Symmetry: Beauvoir on Autonomous Agency and Women's Embodiment' in Ruth Evans (ed.) Simone de Beauvoir's The Second Sex: New Interdisciplinary Essays, (Manchester University Press, 1998), pp. 122-158.

  • Reprinted in Twentieth Century Literature Criticism, Vol. 221, (Gale Publishers, 2009).

'Reason and Sensibility: The Ideal of Women's Self-Governance in the Writings of Mary Wollstonecraft', Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy 8, no. 4, Fall 1993, pp. 35-55.

  • Reprinted in Linda Lopez McAlister (ed) Hypatia's Daughters: Fifteen Hundred Years of Women Philosophers, Indiana University Press, 1996, pp. 181-203

'Abortion and Embodiment', Australasian Journal of Philosophy, 70 (2) June, 1992, pp. 136-155
Reprinted in:

  • Belinda Bennett (ed.) Abortion, a volume in the series The International Library of Medicine, Ethics and the Law, (Aldershot: Ashgate Publishing Limited, 2004)
  • Susan Sherwin & Barbara Parish (eds.) Women, Medicine, Ethics and the Law, (Aldershot: Ashgate Publishing Limited, 2002)
  • Susan Dwyer & Joel Feinberg (eds.) The Problem of Abortion, Third Edition (Wadsworth, 1997)
  • D. Michelfelder & W. Wilcox (eds.) Applied Ethics in American Society, (Harcourt Brace, 1997)
  • Paul Komesaroff (ed.) Troubled Bodies: Critical Perspectives on Postmodernism, Medical Ethics, and the Body, (Durham & London: Duke University Press; Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 1995)

'Simone de Beauvoir: Philosophy and/or the Female Body', in Elizabeth Gross & Carole Pateman (eds.) Feminist Challenges, (Sydney: Allen & Unwin, Boston: Northeastern University Press, 1986), pp. 144-156

Current and Recent Research Grants

  • 'Autonomy and Oppression: A Relational Analysis', SSHRC Grant, 2010-13 [CI: Natalie Stoljar (McGill, Montreal); International Collaborator: Catriona Mackenzie]
  • 'Vulnerability, Autonomy and Justice', Macquarie University Safety Net Grant, 2010
  • 'Autonomy and Identity: A Relational Theory', ARC Discovery Grant, 2006-7
  • 'From the Neuron to the Self: Human Nature and the New Cognitive Neurosciences', Macquarie University Research Innovation Grant 2008-2010 (CI: John Sutton; Project Team: Amanda Barnier, Tim Bayne, Max Coltheart, Stephen Crain, Robyn Langdon, Catriona Mackenzie, Peter Menzies)

Current research

Catriona's current research interests include theories of autonomy, agency and practical deliberation, conceptions of selfhood, identity and embodiment, philosophy of the emotions, and theories of imagination. She is also interested in conceptions of autonomy, choice and embodiment in bioethics.

Administrative responsibilities


  • Member, ARC College of Experts (HCA Panel)
  • Chair, Faculty of Arts Human Research Ethics Committee
  • Faculty of Arts Research Committee


  • Chair, Macquarie University Ethics Review Committee (Human Research), 2002-2005
  • Head of Department, 1998-2001, 1995
  • Acting Head of Department, April-July 2007
  • Other University Administrative Roles: Early Career Research Panel, Academic Senate, Senior Lecturer Promotions Committee, Teaching Awards Committee, Enterprise Bargaining Team (1997)

Contact details

Location: Building W6A Room 726
Phone: (61 2) 9850 8865
Fax: (61 2) 9850 8892
Office hours: to be advised