Truth Without Borders: Cross-cultural analysis and the nature and value of truth

Opportunity without funding
Closing date No closing date

Subject(s)Arts, Psychology, Social Sciences, Law.

DegreeDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)

SupervisorDr Joe Ulatowski

About this opportunity

Philosophical analysis of the concept of truth has been mostly confined to western thinkers who have falsely believed that their intellectual capacity transcends their native languages but this has unnecessarily marginalised the question of whether we may learn something new about the concept through investigations of it in other non-Western languages. This project seeks to decolonise the study of the nature and value of truth.

This project involves a large, multi-site research consortium comprised of scholars from 14 different institutions in Asia, Europe, North America, and Australasia. The University of Waikato operates as the centre of the consortium. Interested prospective students should contact Joseph Ulatowski,, before applying for admission. Please provide a 300-word summary of past accomplishments that make you suitable for the project and a 150-word summary of reasons why you would like to work on this project.

Unfunded vacancy

If you are selected for this vacancy and you are successful in being admitted to the Doctoral programme at the University of Waikato, you will need to cover all costs yourself or via a scholarship that is independent of this vacancy.



The general Higher Degrees admission criteria apply.

This vacancy has additional eligibility criteria:

  • BA(Hons), BSocSc(Hons), BSc(Hons) or equivalent with a major in philosophy or nearby field [required]
  • MA, MSocSc, or equivalent in philosophy or nearby field [preferred]

The application process

How to apply

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