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Dr Nick Trakakis Name: Dr Nick Trakakis
Senior Lecturer (Philosophy)
+613 9953 3263
Organisational Area
Faculty of Theology & Philosophy
National School of Philosophy
Building(Bldg.460 - 250 Victoria Parade, East Melbourne VIC 3002)-Level 6-Room6.13
Biographical Information

BA Hons, BTh, PhD (Monash), GradCert Higher Ed.

Nick Trakakis received his PhD in philosophy from Monash University, where he worked on the problem of evil. Afterwards he pursued further research in philosophy at Monash, and took up a one-year postdoctoral fellowship at the Centre for Philosophy of Religion at the University of Notre Dame (Indiana, USA). During 2009-10 he taught at Deakin University while also continuing his research at Monash, and in 2011 he came on board at the ACU School of Philosophy as Assistant Director of the Centre for Philosophy and Phenomenology of Religion.


Recent Publications

“Doing Philosophy in Style: A New Look at the Analytic/Continental Divide.” Philosophy Compass, vol. 7, no. 12, (December 2012): 919-42.

Deus Loci: The God of Place and the Place of God in Philosophy and Theology.” Sophia: International Journal for Philosophy of Religion, Metaphysical Theology and Ethics, vol. 52, no. 2, (2013): 315-33.

“The Sense and Reference of the Essence and Energies.” In Divine Essence and Divine Energies: Ecumenical Reflections on the Presence of God in Eastern Orthodoxy, eds. Constantinos Athanasopoulos and Christoph Schneider, 210-31. Cambridge: James Clarke & Co., 2013.

“Antitheodicy.” In A Companion to the Problem of Evil, eds. Justin P. McBrayer and Daniel Howard-Snyder, 389-404. Wiley-Blackwell, 2013.

Selected Publications

The God Beyond Belief: In Defence of William Rowe’s Evidential Argument from Evil. Dordrecht: Springer Publishing, 2007.

The End of Philosophy of Religion. London: Continuum Books, 2008.

History of Western Philosophy of Religion, volumes 1-5, co-edited with Graham Oppy. London: Acumen, New York: Oxford University Press, 2009.

“Is Theism Capable of Accounting for Any Natural Evil at All?” International Journal for Philosophy of Religion, vol. 57, no. 1, (2005): 35-66.

“Doing Philosophy in Style: A New Look at the Analytic/Continental Divide.” Philosophy Compass, vol. 7, no. 12, (December 2012): 919-42.


Philosophy of Religion, History of Philosophy, Metaphysics


Philosophy of religion (in both analytic and Continental traditions), Meta-philosophy, History of Philosophy (especially German and British idealism), Eastern philosophical and religious thought, Aesthetics and philosophy of literature.


Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion, World Religions and Interfaith Dialogue.

Professional Memberships
  • Assistant Editor for Sophia: International Journal for Philosophy of Religion
  • Member and co-founder of the Australasian Philosophy of Religion Association
  • Member, American Philosophical Association
  • Member, Australasian Association of Philosophy
  • Member, American Academy of Religion
  • Member, Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy

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