Philosophy scholar heads to US on Fulbright scholarship
CASINO's Hayden Wilkinson is about to jet off to Princeton University on a Fulbright Scholarship.
The PhD student has been studying philosophy at the Australian National University in Canberra, specialising in ethics and decision theory.
"I still can't quite believe it.
"The Fulbright Scholarship will give me the chance to discuss my work with some of my intellectual heroes,” Mr Wilkinson said.
"Philosophy isn't an empirical science so, if you want to test your ideas, the best way to do it is by discussing them with lots of really clever people and letting them try to poke holes.
"That makes it incredibly valuable to be able to work with so many leading philosophers.”
Mr Wilkinson will be at Princeton in the United States for eight months starting in November this year
"A lot of the major philosophy conferences are also held on the east coast of America and Europe so this will be a great opportunity to attend those conferences as well,” he said.
Mr Wilkinson's research focuses on ethics and on the ethical theories by which we evaluate everyday moral decisions.
He was presented with his scholarship in Canberra where he met Member for Page Kevin Hogan and celebrated with his parents Charles and Leone Wilkinson.
Mr Wilkinson went to St Mary's Primary in Casino until 2004 and then to Trinity in Lismore until 2010.
He featured in the Richmond River Express Examiner in 2010 after he completed the HSC with one of the top ATARs on the North Coast.
"A local kid, working hard, doing good, great stuff,” Mr Hogan said.