Paul Biegler

Paul Biegler is a Eureka-Prize winning journalist, philosopher and doctor writing on all things health and science


Australian Museum Eureka Prize

Paul’s book The Ethical Treatment of Depression won the 2011 Australian Museum Eureka Prize for Research in Ethics. Known as the “Oscars of Australian Science” the Eurekas are “the country’s most comprehensive national science awards, honouring excellence across the areas of research & innovation, leadership, science engagement, and school science.”

Then Director of the Australian Museum, Frank Howarth, had this to say: “In confronting one of the major issues facing our community today, Dr Biegler’s book is of great relevance for how society and the medical profession treats depression. If his book has the effect it deserves, it will not only change the way depression is treated, it will save countless lives.”

Prize value: AU$10,000

Australasian Association of Philosophy Media Prize

Paul won the 2012 AAP Media Prize for the best philosophical piece(s) published by a professional philosopher in the popular media of Australasia. The winning pieces were:

Climate Sceptics might just be captive to basic emotions, an opinion piece published in The Sydney Morning Herald on December 20, 2011 and

An interview with Richard Aedy on Life Matters, ABC Radio National, about Paul’s book The Ethical Treatment of Depression. The interview was recorded in September 2011.

Prize value: AU$500

New Philosopher Magazine Writer’s Award

In 2015 Paul was runner-up in the NP Writer’s Award for an essay called “The ill-fitting self” which was published in the magazine’s “Health” issue.

Monash University Graduate Scholarship

Paul was awarded a graduate scholarship in 2004 to undertake a full time PhD at the Monash Bioethics Centre.

Scholarship value: AU$54,000

Monash University Arts Postgraduate Publications Award

This award funded Paul to complete publications based on his PhD thesis. It was conferred in 2007.

Award value: AU$5,000

Australian Academy of Humanities Max Crawford Medal – shortlisted

Paul’s book The Ethical Treatment of Depression was one of six entries shortlisted for the 2012 Max Crawford Medal, “Australia’s most prestigious award for achievement and promise in the humanities”.

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