Graham Oppy, *90, PHI

Position
Professor, Monash University
Bio/Description

I am Professor of Philosophy at Monash University. I have been--at different times--Associate Dean Research, Associate Dean Graduate Studies, Head of School, Director of the Graduate Program, etc. I have also been CEO of the Australasian Association of Philosophy, and Member of Council of the Australian Academy of Humanities. I specialize in philosophy of religion, with a particular interest in religious disagreement and the negotiation of religious differences.

"I have been mentoring a current Princeton graduate student more or less since the inception of the GradFUTURES Mentorship program. I think that it is an excellent program; I would have benefited from such a program when I was a graduate student. I'm happy to continue as a mentor in the program into the future.

Over my career, I have been willing to take risks. Inevitably, this has led to some failures; but it has also led to some satisfying successes. This was true even when I was in graduate school. The future is a foreign country: you really do not know what coming decades will bring.

At any stage of life, you need balance. Enjoy your time in grad school. Cultivate all of your important interests. Within the time allotted to professional development, you need balance. Enjoy your teaching opportunities. Accept the chance to work on an editorial team if one arises, etc. Your dissertation and your development of publications are important, but they should not take over you professional life, never mind your whole life."

I have participated in the following GradFUTURES Programs: GradFUTURES Mentorship Program

Yes, I am open to being contacted by a Princeton Graduate Student for an informational interview!

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