Professor Freya Mathews


College of Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce

HU2 312, Melbourne (Bundoora)


BA (University of London), PhD (University of London)



Membership of professional associations

Australian Academy of Humanities

Area of study


Brief profile

Freya Mathews is an  environmental philosopher whose main work has been in the areas of ecological metaphysics and panpsychism. Her current special interests are in ecological civilization; indigenous (Australian and Chinese) perspectives on “sustainability” and how these perspectives may be adapted to the context of contemporary global society; panpsychism and critique of the metaphysics of modernity; rewilding and wildlife ethics in the context of the Anthropocene. She is the author of several books and over seventy articles on ecological philosophy.

Research interests

Environmental Philosophy

- Chinese environmental thought

- Ecological civilisation

- Ecophilosophies

- Environmental education

- Environmental ethics

- Indigenous philosophy

- Panpsychism and environmental metaphysics

- Re-wilding and wildlife ethics

- Religion and nature

Recent publications

Without Animals Life is not Worth Living, Ginninderra Press, Adelaide 2015

Ardea: a philosophical novella, Punctum Books, Brooklyn, NY, forthcoming 2015

“Panpsychism: Position Statement”, “First Response” and “Second Response” (3 separate chapters) in Graham Oppy and Nicholas Trakakis (eds), Philosophies of Religions: Multi-faith Dialogues, Routledge, forthcoming 2016


“The Origins of Dualism” in Sherilyn MacGregor (ed), Routledge International Handbook on Gender and Environment, forthcoming 2016


“Invoking the Real: from the Specular to the Ontopoetic”, Telos, forthcoming 2016


“Earth as Ethic” and “Strategia: thinking with or accommodating the world” in Katherine Gibson, Ruth Fincher and Deborah Rose (eds), Ethics for the Anthropocene, Punctum Books, Brooklyn, NY, 2015


 “Environmental Philosophy” in Nick Trakakis and Graham Oppie (eds), A History of Philosophy in Australia and New Zealand, Springer Publishing, Dordrecht, 2014, pp 543-591


“Come with Old Khayyam and Leave the Wise to Talk” in inaugural issue of O-Zone journal, 2014


“Conversation amongst Rocks with Sun Dew”, The Trumpeter 30, 1, 2014


“Post-materialism” in Stuart Walker and Jacques Giard (eds), Handbook of Sustainable Design, Berg Press, Oxford , 2013 (7500 words)


“Can China Lead the World to an Ecological Civilization?”, Journal of Nanjing Forestry University, Issue 2, 2013 (in Chinese translation)


“Against Kangaroo Harvesting”, Bioethical Inquiry 10, 2013


“The Anguish of Wildlife Ethics” in special issue on “The Turn to the Animal”, New Formations, 75, Spring 2012; available as a feature article at


“Introduction” (co-authored with Deborah Rose and Kate Rigby) to Val Plumwood, Eye of the Crocodile, ANU ePress, 2013


“Panpsychism as Paradigm?” in Michael Blamauer (ed), The Mental as Fundamental  in “Process Thought Series” (Ed. Nicholas Rescher, Johanna Seibt and Michel Weber),Ontos Verlag, Frankfurt Heusenstamm, 2011


“Environmental Philosophy” in Nick Trakakis, A Companion to Australian and New Zealand Philosophy, Monash ePress, Melbourne, 2010 (5500 words)


“Moral Ambiguities in the Politics of Climate Change” in Ved Nanda (ed), Climate Change and Environmental Ethics, (8079 words), Transaction Press, New Jersey, 2011


“Towards a Deeper Philosophy of Biomimicry”, Organization and Environment, 24, 4, 2011, 364-387


“The Eco-Genesis of Ethics and Religion”, Journal for the Study of Religion and Nature 5, 3, 2011


“Planet Beehive”, Australian Humanities Review, Special Issue 50, 2011 (also available as a book entitled Unloved Others edited by Deborah Bird Rose and Thom van Dooren)


“Planetary Collapse Disorder: Honeybees as Portent of the Limits of the Ethical”, Environmental Ethics 32, 4, 2010 (6000 words)


“On Desiring Nature”, Indian Journal of Ecocriticism, 3, 2010, 1-9


“Why has the West Failed to Embrace Panpsychism?” in David Skrbina (ed), Mind That Abides: Panpsychism in the New Millennium, (Advances in Consciousness Research Series) John Benjamins, Amsterdam and Philadelphia, 2009, pp 341-260








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Older publications

Reinhabiting Reality: towards a Recovery of Culture, SUNY (State University of New York) Press, Albany, 2005

Also published by UNSW Press, Sydney, 2005

This book been published in Italian translation by Fiori Gialli (2012)


For Love of Matter: a Contemporary Panpsychism, SUNY Press, Albany, 2003


Journey to the Source of the Merri, Ginninderra Press, Canberra, May 2003


The Ecological Self , Routledge, London, 1991. Reissued 1993; paperback 1994


Ecology and Democracy, Frank Cass, London, 1996


Research projects

Ecological and cosmological panpsychism; ecological civilization; wildlife  ethics