Dr Laura D'Olimpio
PhD.
Senior Lecturer

Email: laura.dolimpio@nd.edu.au

Biography
Dr Laura D'Olimpio is a lecturer in Philosophy and Ethics at The University of Notre Dame Australia. Laura completed her PhD 'The Moral Possibilities of Mass Art' at The University of Western Australia. Her Thesis examines the moral impact of mass artworks, particularly film, in society. Laura has published in the areas of philosophical pedagogy, aesthetics and ethics and is a regular contributor to 'The Conversation' and Radio National's 'Philosopher's Zone'. Laura is President of the Australasian Association for Philosophy in Schools (APIS, Inc., W.A.) and and has been Chief Facilitator for the annual Hale School Philosothon since its inception in 2006. She is also co-editor of the open access Journal of Philosophy in Schools (www.ojs.unisa.edu.au/index.php/jps/) and a member of the Editorial Development Group for Educational Philosophy and Theory, the official journal of the Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia (PESA).
Teaching Areas
Aesthetics; Philosophy of Film, Media and Technology; Philosophy of Education (particularly Philosophy for Children); Moral Philosophy; Applied Ethics; Philosophy of Religion; History of Philosophy (Medieval, Modern and Contemporary); Philosophy of Love and Friendship; Myth and Meaning and Philosophy of Literature.
Research Expertise and Supervision
Aesthetics; Philosophy of Film, Media and Technology; Philosophy of Education (particularly Philosophy for Children); Moral Philosophy; Applied Ethics; and Philosophy of Literature.

Completion 2015: Co-Supervisor for PhD student Mikaela Ciprian in Animal Biology at UWA Thesis Topic 'The role of ethical theories in the decision making of Australian animal ethics committees: a multi-method examination'.

Currently: Co-Supervisor for PhD student Stephanie Massey in Education at UNDA Thesis Topic 'An epistemological quest for meaning: To what extent can philosophical inquiry develop the 'critical and creative thinking' capability?'

Co-Supervisor for Masters student Leigh Roper in Theology at UNDA Thesis Topic 'The use of fantasy as a device for pre-evangelism: a study of JRR Tolkien's The Lord of The Rings.'

 

Research and engagement

Journal Articles and Proceedings
Conference Papers
  • D'Olimpio, L. (2014) "Philosophy for Children and the general capabilities: why critical and creative thinking is essential to education" The 10th Murdoch Colloquium "Philosophy Across Traditions" at Murdoch University, Perth WA.
  • D'Olimpio, L. & Teschers, C. (2014) "Exploring Philosophy for Children and the Art of Living for an Approach to an Education for Life" The 44th Annual Conference for The Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia (PESA), Hamilton, New Zealand, Nov 22-25.
  • D'Olimpio, L. (2013) "Philosophical engagement with mass media: teaching viewers to be critical." The Annual Federation of Australasian Philosophy in Schools Associations (FAPSA) Conference, UNDA Sydney, July12-13.
  • Ciprian, M., D'Olimpio, L., (2013). "Animal Ethics Committees, ethical excellence, and consistent utilitarianism" 20th Annual Australian Association for Professional and Applied Ethics (AAPAE) Conference, UNDA, Fremantle, June 27-30.
  • D'Olimpio, L. (2012, Dec) "Where is the place for the thinking viewer in the cinema?" The Second Cinematic Thinking Workshop: 'Thinking cinematically before Deleuze' at The University of New South Wales.
  • D'Olimpio, L. and O'Leary, M. (2011, Nov) "The Ethical Considerations of Climate Change: What Does It Mean and Who Cares?" Murdoch Colloquium "A Day of Philo-Sophia: Friendship and Philosophical Discussion" at Murdoch University, Perth WA.
  • D.Olimpio, L. (2010, Dec) "The Conditions of Visibility: The Affect of Conceptual Art" Annual Australasian Society for Continental Philosophy Conference 2010 at The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia.
  • D'Olimpio, L. (2008, July) "Critical Perspectivism: A Supplementary Moral Theory" Annual Australasian Association of Philosophy (AAP) Conference at Melbourne University, Melbourne, VIC.
  • D'Olimpio, L. (2007, Aug) "BORAT meets Adorno: Cultural Sensitivities Post 9/11?" UWA Hons /Post-graduate Seminar Series at The University of Western Australia.
  • D'Olimpio, L. (2007, Nov) "Adorno Today; Mass Art and Critical Perspectivism" Murdoch Colloquium "Philosophical Dialogues" at Murdoch University, Perth WA.
  • D'Olimpio, L & Fantasia, J. (2003, July) "Drama and Philosophy: Creating Connections" Association for Philosophy in Schools (APIS) Philosophy for Children Level One Workshop, Wesley College, WA.
In the Media
Radio Interviews:
Professional Affiliations
  • President for the Australasian Association of Philosophy in Schools Inc. (WA). Active committee member (Secretary 2004-2010); organised and facilitated monthly Philosophy Cafes (Fremantle and Perth 2004-2010). Currently assists with Professional Development for teachers training to teach WACE course Philosophy and Ethics.
  • Member of The Federation of Australasian Philosophy in Schools Associations
  • Member of the Cinematic Thinking Network - http://cinematicthinkingnetwork.org/members/
  • Member of the Australasian Society for Continental Philosophy (ASCP).
  • Member of the American Philosophical Association (APA).
  • Member of the Australasian Association of Philosophy (AAP).
Community Engagement
Invited Talks:
  • D'Olimpio, L. (2014, Nov) "Thinking Skills for Everyone" for TedxWorleyParsons, Perth, W.A.
  • D'Olimpio, L. (2014, Aug) "Aesthetics and Ethics: Can art be judged as Good or Bad?" for Miik Green Artist's Studio Night, Western Australia. http://www.miikgreen.com/category/studio-night/
  • D'Olimpio, L (2013, Aug) "Why we need Philosophy in Schools" for TedxPerth Unplugged, PICA Bar.
  • D'Olimpio, L. (2012, July) "When Good Art is Bad: Examining the Moral Value of Narrative Artworks" for UNDA Unit AL381: Experience The World: A Literary Odyssey to London, Bath and Dublin at Cambridge University, UK.
  • D'Olimpio, L. (2010, Dec) "The Conditions of Visibility of Artworks and their Affect" for SymbioticA at The University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia.

Developed and Presented Lectures for UWA Extension.

Guest Lectures:
  • D'Olimpio, L. (2013, April) "Applied Ethics: Moral Considerations for Scientists" for Honours students in Science at Curtin University, Bentley, Western Australia.
  • D'Olimpio, L. (2013 and '12, Oct) "Climate Change: making Moral Evaluations" for the department of Environment and Agriculture at Curtin University, Bentley, Western Australia.
  • D'Olimpio, L. (2010, April) "Thinking Through Film: Philosophy and Film" for 2nd & 3rd year undergraduates at UWA.
  • D'Olimpio, L. (2009, Feb) "The Importance of Story" for 3rd year undergraduates in Communication Studies at UWA.
Other
Invited Papers:
  • D'Olimpio, L. (2014, Nov) "Thinking Skills for Everyone" for TedxWorleyParsons, Perth, W.A.
  • D'Olimpio, L. (2014, Aug) "Aesthetics and Ethics: Can art be judged as Good or Bad?" for Miik Green Artist's Studio Night, Western Australia. http://www.miikgreen.com/category/studio-night/
  • D'Olimpio, L (2013, Aug) "Why we need Philosophy in Schools" for TedxPerth Unplugged, PICA Bar.
  • D'Olimpio, L. (2012, July) "When Good Art is Bad: Examining the Moral Value of Narrative Artworks" for UNDA Unit AL381: Experience The World: A Literary Odyssey to London, Bath and Dublin at Cambridge University, UK.
  • D'Olimpio, L. (2010, Dec) "The Conditions of Visibility of Artworks and their Affect" for SymbioticA at The University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia.
Book Review: