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Australian philosopher, literary critic, legal scholar, and professional writer. Based in Newcastle, NSW. My latest books are THE TYRANNY OF OPINION: CONFORMITY AND THE FUTURE OF LIBERALISM (2019) and AT THE DAWN OF A GREAT TRANSITION: THE QUESTION OF RADICAL ENHANCEMENT (2021).

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Radio Australia Interview

For those who missed the live interview, the podcast is available here.


Anonymous said...

I had trouble with your link. The direct link is here: http://mpegmedia.abc.net.au/ra/podcast/breakfastclub/20091119.mp3

Russell Blackford said...

Hmm, the link works for me, but try pasting in that link provided by Anonymous if you have trouble.

NewEnglandBob said...

The link works well for me.

I am currently reading "50 Voices of Disbelief" and I just read "Antinomies" by Jack Dann.

This essay is the most impressive so far for me. I looked up Dann and emailed him to tell him how much his essay means to me.

Russell Blackford said...

Jack will be really appreciative of that.

Anonymous said...

It was rather interesting for me to read the blog. Thanks for it. I like such topics and anything that is connected to them. I definitely want to read more soon.

Greywizard said...

Great interview. Odd, though, it seems to me, how people just assume that the stories in the OT must be, in some sense, true, so they have to find believeable explanations for things that their reason can no longer accept. Curious, too, to think that, just because someone says, "This is where Jesus was buried," or "This is Moses' staff," this somehow confirms the ancient stories.

I'm making my meandering way through "50 Voices". It really is a great collection of essays. Thanks. Udo's is very special, and says things that needed saying very badly. I had a particularly happy "Aha!" moment in reading Adèle Mercier's contribution, where she says, "Religion is all about believing one's beliefs are right, not about having right beliefs."

Remembering my own journeys in faith, which should have ended long before they did, it struck me very powerfully how accurate this is. This is why religious disagreements are so powerful and destructive. If it were a matter of having right beliefs one could repose confidently in one's chosen path, no matter what others might say. Second order beliefs are much more important to the religious than the first order beliefs they think they believe in. Why else would they be offended by being told (implicitly or explicitly) that their beliefs are wrong (if they really believe them)? It seems so obvious. Why didn't it before?

Anonymous said...

Hey, Bob, thanks for your comment! Cheers, --Jack Dann