I tend to be sceptical ofÂ international reports that put any Australian university in the world’s top 20, but one exception is the ANU philosophy group, which is extraordinarily impressive. The carefully-constructed Philosophical Gourmet lists them as the 15th best faculty in the English-speaking world. One of its stars is Frank Jackson, who has just announced that he will be stepping down as Director of the ANU’s Research School of Social Sciences to go back to research and take up a half-time appointment at Princeton (Brian Leiter and David Chalmers have more). It’s a sensible decision for him, but a shame for the rest of us in RSSS,Â since Frank is also a great administrator.
An aside:Â Any philosophers contemplating a move downunder may be interested to know that ANU RSSS philosophy is now advertising 2-3 research-only positions, and 2-3 postdocs. See David Chalmers’ blog for details.