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Australian philosopher, literary critic, legal scholar, and professional writer. Based in Newcastle, NSW. Author of FREEDOM OF RELIGION AND THE SECULAR STATE (2012), HUMANITY ENHANCED (2014), and THE MYSTERY OF MORAL AUTHORITY (2016).

Saturday, January 09, 2010

Coming up on Sunday Night Safran

I did a short interview with John Safran and Father Bob Maguire last Thursday night. This will be broadcast on Sunday Night Safran tomorrow - the show starts at 9 pm my time (eastern daylight saving time, here in Australia).

To be honest, I didn't think this was my best radio performance. I felt a bit jumpy about it and never really relaxed into the interview, let alone the program's slightly zany spirit. I tripped over Sue Blackmore's perfectly easy name, and managed to call the CFI the "committee" (rather than "center") for inquiry.

Still, I do think that I managed to make some good points in a fairly cogent way - particularly near the end when I suggested that public policy in the criminal law should be driven by John Stuart Mill's harm principle, rather than by a strategy of enforcing some kind of religious morality. That answered a line of questions about how we pick and choose between the various different things that the religious leaders and lobbies say, some of which we might even agree with.

Have a listen for yourself and see what you think. The show will then be available for ten weeks in podcast form from this coming Monday.


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