Professor Kim Sterelny from the School of Philosophy has been awarded a prestigious grant from the 2013 Australian Laureate Fellowship scheme.
His project, The origins of inequality, hierarchy, and social complexity, investigates how humans came to be so unlike other animals; how our cooperative practices transformed us; and how those practices changed as human societies became increasingly complex after the invention of farming.
An ANU staff member since 2008, Professor Sterelny specialises in the philosophy of biology, philosophy of psychology and philosophy of mind. He has worked in a number of universities in Australia and internationally, and has won several international prizes in the philosophy of science.
The grant is one of four awarded to ANU projects. The ANU received over $10 million out of an Australia-wide total of $47 Million – more than any other Australian university.
The Australian Laureate Fellowships scheme supports outstanding Australian and international researchers and research leaders to build Australia’s research capacity, undertake innovative research programs and mentor early career researchers.