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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); AT THE DAWN OF A GREAT TRANSITION: THE QUESTION OF RADICAL ENHANCEMENT (2021); and HOW WE BECAME POST-LIBERAL: THE RISE AND FALL OF TOLERATION (2024).

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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