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Biography

Alexander James Gillett is a lecturer in the Philosophy department at Macquarie University. He completed a PhD in philosophy of cognitive science at Macquarie University in 2018. His thesis examined the conceptual foundations of the distributed cognition framework in cognitive science. His current research focuses on how human spatial cognition is shaped by ontogenetic and phylogenetic factors relating to the acquisition of cultural practices (i.e., enculturated). He has additional interests in the philosophy of science, especially pertaining to the nature of interdisciplinary research.

Teaching

Roles and Courses Taught
• Convenor and Course Lecturer (2019, 2nd Semester), 2nd year Philosophy course ‘What is Science’ PHL232: convenor, lectures, tutorials, marking [20+ students]
• Head Tutor (2019, 2nd Semester), 1st year Anthropology course ‘Human Evolution and Diversity’: Tutoring, organisation of ilearn and main point of contact for student queries, marking, head marker on multi-person team [230+ students]
• Marker (2019, 2nd Semester), 1st year Education Studies course ‘Why do People Believe Weird Things’ SPED102: marking
• Convenor and Course Lecturer (2019, 1st Semester), 2nd year Philosophy course ‘Philosophy of Psychology’ PHL262: convenor, lectures, tutorials, and marking [70+ students]
• Co-Convenor and Course Lecturer (2019, 1st Semester), 3rd year Philosophy course ‘Philosophy of Cognitive Science’ PHL363: main convenor, lectures, tutorials, and marking [I took over this course in the third week after a staff illness and had to restructure the course] [40+ students]
• Co-Convenor and Course Lecturer (2019, 1st Semester), 1st year Philosophy course ‘Philosophy of Human Nature’: main convenor, lectures, tutorials, marking [350+ students]
• Tutor (2018, 3rd Semester), 1st year Philosophy course: ‘Critical Thinking’ (PHL137): online tutoring and marking
• Tutor (2018, 2nd Semester), 1st year Education Studies course ‘Why do People Believe Weird Things’ SPED102: tutoring and marking
• Tutor (2018, 2nd Semester), 1st year Anthropology course ‘Human Evolution and Diversity’ ANTH151: tutoring and marking
• Co-Convenor and Course lecturer (2018, 1st semester), 2nd year Philosophy course ‘Body and Mind’ PHL262: main convenor, lectures, tutorials, and main marker [60+ students]
• Co-convenor and Course lecturer (2018, 1st semester), 3rd year Philosophy course ‘Philosophy of Cognitive Science’ PHIL363: lectures, tutorials, marking [I took over marking duties and convening the course at late notice from week 10 onwards after the main convenor became ill] [50+ students]
• Guest lecturer (2018, 1st semester), 1st year Philosophy course ‘Mind and World’ PHL131: two guest lectures (14th and 17th May) Extended Cognition
• Tutoring (2018, 1st semester), MRes course ‘Research Paradigms’ FOAR701: tutorials and marking duties
• Tutoring/guest lecture (2017, 2nd semester), 2nd year Anthropology course: ‘Psychological Anthropology’ ANTH207: tutor, marking, and Guest lecture (7/11/2017), Navigating Folk Science and Cognition
• Guest lecture (2/11/2016), 2nd year Philosophy course: ‘Body and Mind’ PHL262, Distributed Cognition.
• Guest lecture, online tutor, marking (3/5/2016), Philosophy MRes Programme ‘Research Topics in Philosophy and Cognitive Science’ PHIL707: guest lecture on Distributed Cognition, Online forum engagement, marking duties

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Research Output

Invention through bricolage: epistemic engineering in scientific communities

Gillett, A. J., 2018, In : RT: A Journal on Research Policy & Evaluation. 6, 1, p. 1-17 17 p.

Macquarie University

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