25 September 2023

Wise philosopher takes ANU honour

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Emeritus Professor Frank Jackson has been awarded the Australian National University’s highest staff honour, the Peter Baume Award, for 2018.

Professor Jackson (pictured) is a philosopher whose work has been the inspiration for a British documentary and who is a central theme in David Lodge’s novel, Thinks.

ANU Vice-Chancellor, Brian Schmidt said Professor Jackson had made an outstanding contribution to his field.

“Professor Jackson is an amazing role model for the many up and coming researchers at ANU, particularly those in the highly regarded School of Philosophy,” Professor Schmidt said.

“I congratulate Professor Jackson on this well-deserved recognition for his outstanding contribution to ANU over more than three decades.”

Professor Jackson said it was a great honour to be recognised by the university.

“I am enormously appreciative of the support that the philosophers at ANU and the university itself have given me throughout my career,” Professor Jackson said.

“The ANU is a great place to be a researcher, I was delighted when I got the job in 1986 and I’m delighted to still be here as an Emeritus Professor in ‘pretend retirement’.”

He said philosophy at ANU was on the rise and encouraged young students thinking about their future studies to explore what philosophy had to offer.

Professor Jackson served as Director of the ANU Research School of Social Sciences from 2004 to 2007, and as Director of the ANU Institute of Advanced Studies from 1998 to 2001.

He was appointed Distinguished Professor at ANU in 2003 and became Emeritus Professor in 2014.

The Peter Baume Award is named after a former ANU Chancellor.

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