Hey, remember 2016? When all those beloved celebrities kept dying and we couldn’t wait for the year to be over? We’re now less than a month into 2017 and a week into Donald Trump’s presidency, and the internet finds itself Continue reading Is it OK to punch Nazis?
With the re-election of the Turnbull government, the likelihood that marriage equality in Australia will be the subject of a harmful, expensive, and non-binding plebiscite becomes ever more likely. That may also mean the ‘yes’ and ‘no’ campaigns will Continue reading The ‘no’ campaign on marriage equality owes us better arguments
This piece originally appeared on The Conversation’s Cogito blog. The UNSUBTLEBERG family – MOTHER, FATHER, BROTHER and SISTER – are driving along a lonely country road, on their way to camping holiday. MOTHER: Wait, what’s that?! Stop the car! [They Continue reading A Philosophical Dialogue (That May Or May Not Have Something To Do With Recent Events)
This piece originally appeared on The Conversation’s Cogito blog We’ve just seen another mass shooting in the US. This time it was a church, and race hate was the cause. Other times it’s a school, or a cinema, or a Continue reading Why Conspiracy Theories Aren’t Harmless Fun
By now you’ve likely heard about psychiatrist and columnist Tanveer Ahmed’s recent opinion piece in The Australian in which he effectively blamed radical feminism for domestic violence. Others have explained better than I could why Ahmed’s piece was so offensive Continue reading Feeding the beast: why plagiarism rips off readers too
The human animal takes a remarkably long time to reach maturity. And we cram a lot of learning into that time, as well we should: the list of things we need to know by the time we hit adulthood in Continue reading We don’t need no (moral) education? Five things you should learn about ethics
Originally published at The Conversation; feel free to join in the discussion there. The suspension of Philip Nitschke’s medical registration, and the events leading up to it, has sparked one of the most heated discussions about euthanasia in Australia for Continue reading Strange bedfellows: euthanasia, same-sex marriage, and libertarianism
This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. Last night, after a public outcry, the Sydney Opera House’s Festival of Dangerous Ideas pulled a presentation from its upcoming program. The talk in August by Sydney writer Continue reading Dangerous ideas, honour killings and moral seriousness
By Patrick Stokes, Deakin University As a general rule, one place you really don’t want to find yourself is in-between a Melburnian and a piece of real estate. But one group of long-term city residents has been getting in the Continue reading Should the dead roll over to make room for real estate?
By Patrick Stokes, Deakin University In July 1846, the American writer Henry David Thoreau went to prison for refusing to pay his poll tax. He couldn’t abide the thought that his money would be used, however indirectly, to perpetuate the Continue reading The Biennale, Transfield, and the value of boycott