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Philosopher – Musician

Sam McAuliffe is a philosopher and musician living in Melbourne, Australia. Sam is currently undertaking an interdisciplinary PhD at Monash University, working at the intersection of philosophical hermeneutics and improvised musical performance. His work has been published in leading academic journals in the fields of philosophy, music, and education. Sam has worked as musical director for experimental theatre productions, composed music for short films, has performed at major Australian art festivals, and regularly plays guitar in a variety of ensembles.

Sam’s philosophical thought is grounded primarily in the hermeneutical and phenomenological traditions. His work draws from thinkers including Martin Heidegger, Hans-Georg Gadamer, Jeff Malpas, Donald Davidson, Alva NoĆ«, and Mark Johnson. He is currently working on topics including: the situated character of musical performance, the improvisation of truth and understanding, and the improvisation of ethics.