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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, November 28, 2020

Another new interview - this time with Richard Marshall

This new interview is with Richard Marshall for his "End Times" series of interviews with philosophers. It's a long-form interview covering a wide range of topics from a lengthy (I hope not too rambling) autobiographical answer to the question of how I became a philosopher, to discussion of issues relating to toleration and freedom of speech, through to the emergence of China as a global superpower of the 21st century. Check it out!

Monday, August 17, 2020

A couple of interviews

A couple of recent interviews.

1. This one is with American philosopher Dan Kaufman, and we discuss my newest book, The Tyranny of Opinion, with more general discussion of call-out/cancel culture, identity politics, political polarization, and a bit about experience to date with COVID-19 and attempts to contain it. If you're at all interested in the issues discussed in The Tyranny of Opinion you'll probably find the back-and-forth between us worthwhile.

2. The second is with Jordan C. Myers from the Plato's Cave podcast. Listen here, or you can go here for a version on YouTube. It's a wide-ranging discussion about the idea, value, and social role of philosophy, though mainly focused on my co-edited book (with Damien Broderick) Philosophy's Future: The Problem of Philosophical Progress. The book has a new paperback edition, by the way, so you can now buy it (or get your library to) at an affordable price. A lot of work went into the book, and we ended up with an extraordinarily strong set of contributors, so please consider at least checking it out if you're at all interested in philosophy.