School of History, Philosophy, Political Science and International Relations

AProf Stuart Brock

Associate Professor
School of History, Philosophy, Political Science & International Relations

Phone: 04 463 6970
Location: Room 701, Murphy Building, Kelburn Pde, Kelburn Campus

AProf Stuart Brock


BA Monash


MA PhD Princeton


Stuart Brock is a senior lecturer in the philosophy programme at Victoria University. He was the previous Head of the Philosophy Programme, and has also held the position of Dean of Students in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.  He has taught courses in Critical Thinking, Irrationality, and Logical Thinking.  Before coming to Wellington in 2002, he spent nine years (on and off) in the USA.  He had a permanent teaching position in the department of philosophy at Western Washington University, and received his PhD from Princeton University. He is a native of Australia, but feels most at home in New Zealand.

Research Areas

Metaphysics, Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Literature, Philosophy of the Emotions.

Selected Publications


Realism and Antirealism (co-authored with Edwin Mares) Acumen (2007)

Journal Articles

'The Phenomenological Objection to Fictionalism', Philosophy and Phenomenological Research (forthcoming).

'The Puzzle of Imaginative Failure', Philosophical Quarterly, 62 (2012) pp. 443-463.

'The Creationist Fiction: The Case against Creationism about Fictional Characters', Philosophical Review, 119 (2010) pp. 337-364.

'Fictions, Feelings, and Emotions', Philosophical Studies, 132 (2007) pp. 211-242.

'World-Indexed Descriptivism and the Spurious Problem of Referring Names', Philosophical Analysis, (2006) pp. 197-204.

'The Ubiquitous Problem of Empty Names', Journal of Philosophy, 101 (2004).

'Fictionalism About Fictional Characters', Nous, 36 (2002).

Book Chapters

'A Puzzle About Fictional Characters', (co-authored with Cei Maslen and Justin Ngai) From Fictionalism to Realism: Fictional and Other Social Entities, Carola Barbero, Maurizio Ferraris, and Alberto Voltolini (eds.), Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (2013).


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