Dr Jim Mackenzie

BA(HonsIIA)(Monash), MA(UNSW), PhD(UNSW)

Honorary Senior Lecturer


Phone: +61 2  9351

Fax: +61 2  9351

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Research interests

Educational history, sociology and philosophy

  • Philosophy of education


Dialogue, philosophy, logic

Professional biography

Jim Mackenzie retired in January, 2010, having taught in the Faculty since 1989.  He continues to be engaged in writing and reviewing both in philosophy of education and in philosophical logic.

Professional and community roles

  • Referee - Educational Philosophy and Theory (1990-present)

  • Referee - Argumentation (1987-present)

  • Referee - Australasian Journal of Philosophy (1983-present)

  • Referee - Journal of Philosophical Logic (1982-present)

  • Referee - Science and Education (2005-present)

  • Honorary Fellow of the Philosophy of Education Association of Australasia

Current projects

  • At present writing a paper on the background of Charles Hamblin's book "Fallacies", and another on postmodernism /constructivism in science education

Selected publications

Book chapters

  • Mackenzie, J. (2014). John Stuart Mill. In D. C.Phillips (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Educational Theory and Philosophy (pp. 525–527), Thousand Oaks, Cal: Sage Publications.
  • Mackenzie, J., Good, R., Brown, J. (2014). Postmodernism and Science Education: An Appraisal. In Michael R. Matthews (Ed.), International Handbook of Research in History, Philosophy and Science Teaching (pp. 1057–1086), Dordrecht: Springer.
  • Ratnesar, N, Mackenzie, J. (2007). The qualitative-quantitative distinction and the null hypothesis significance testing procedure. In Bridges D and Smith R (Eds.), Philosophy, Methodology and Educational Research (Vol. 1, pp. 107–115), Oxford: Blackwell Publishing Ltd..
  • Mackenzie, J. (2007). Rational autonomy as an educational aim. In Aspin D, Chapman J (Ed.), Values Education and Lifelong Learning: Principles, Policies, Programmes (Vol. 1, pp. 93–106), Dordrecht, The Netherlands: Springer.

Journal articles

  • Mackenzie, J. (2018). Rodgers on calls for observable verbs. Educational Philosophy and Theory, 50(1), 18–27. DOI:10.1080/00131857.2017.1314211
  • Mackenzie, J. (2016). The new professor of theology (originally published 1994, included in Virtual Special Issue celebrating journal's 50th Anniversary). Journal of Philosophy of Education.
  • Mackenzie, J. (2016). Dahlbeck and pure ontology. Educational Philosophy and Theory, 48(9), 928–942. DOI:10.1080/00131857.2015.1047216
  • Mackenzie, J. (2014). From speech acts to semantics. Studies in Logic, Grammar and Rhetoric, 36(49), 121–142. DOI:10.2478/slgr-2014-0006
  • Mackenzie, J. (2014). Peers on Socrates and Plato. Educational Philosophy and Theory, 46(7), 764–777. DOI:10.1080/00131857.2013.794690
  • Mackenzie, J. (2012). Holden's Public University and its Rawlsian Silence on Religion. Educational Philosophy and Theory, 44(7), 686–706. DOI:10.1111/j.1469-5812.2010.00734.x
  • Mackenzie, J. (2011). Sankey's Personal Understanding. Educational Philosophy and Theory, 43(9), 943–959. DOI:10.1111/j.1469-5812.2009.00558.x
  • Mackenzie, J. (2011). Positivism and Constructivism, Truth and 'Truth'. Educational Philosophy and Theory, 43(5), 534–546.
  • Mackenzie, J. (2010). How biology teachers can respond to Intelligent Design. Cambridge Journal of Education, 40(1), 53–67. DOI:10.1080/03057640903567039
  • Mackenzie, J. (2010). Positivism and Constructivism, Truth and 'Truth'. Educational Philosophy and Theory, 43(5), 1–13. DOI:10.1111/j.1469-5812.2010.00676.x
  • Mackenzie, J. (2009). Kitching's trouble with theory: 'The tree is known by its fruit' (Mt. 12.33). Educational Philosophy and Theory, 41(3), 240–244. DOI:10.1111/j.1469-5812.2009.00519.x
  • Mackenzie, J. (2008). Conceptual learning in higher education: some philosophical points. Oxford Review of Education, 34(1), 75–87.
  • Mackenzie, J. (2007). A reply on behalf of the relativist to Mark Mason's justification of universal ethical principles. Educational Philosophy and Theory, 39(6), 657–675.
  • Mackenzie, J. (2007). Equivocation as a point of order. Argumentation, 21(3), 223–231.
  • Ratnesar, N, Mackenzie, J. (2006). The quantitative-qualitative distinction and the null hypothesis significance testing procedure. Journal of Philosophy of Education, 40(4), 501–509.
  • Mackenzie, J. (2004). Neil Cranston On Revolutionary Leadership. Change: Transformations in Education, 7(1), 64–76.
  • Mackenzie, J. (2004). Religious Upbringing Is Not As Michael Hand Describes. Journal of Philosophy of Education, 38(1), 129–142.
  • Mackenzie, J. (2001). Christopher Winch on the representational theory of language and its pedagogical significance. Educational Philosophy and Theory, 33, 35–56.
  • Mackenzie, J. (1994). The new professor of theology. Journal of Philosophy of Education, 28(1), 5–15. DOI:10.1111/j.1467-9752.1994.tb00308
  • Mackenzie, J. (1979). Question-begging in non-cumulative systems. Journal of Philosophical Logic, 8(1), 117–133.

Conference papers

  • Mackenzie, J. (2006). Positivism and constructivism, truth and 'truth'. In M Freund, J Mackenzie, M O'Loughlin Proceedings of the Thirty-Fifth Annual Conference of the Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia (pp. 1–11). Sydney, 23-6 November, Sydney.