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?
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
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
[Originally published at The Conversation; please feel free to join in the discussion] Irish philosopher Richard Kearney visited Melbourne last year and, being the fine raconteur he is, told a great tale from his nation’s past. In 1492, Black James, Continue reading The spying game: what a 15th-century Irish warlord can teach today’s politicians
[Originally posted at The Conversation; feel free to join in the discussion there] Update: Read more on this topic from Robert Sinnerbrink, Thom Brooks, Daniel Stacey and Andy Weatherall. And so now we officially know: philosophy is a waste. How can Continue reading Waste not, want not – the politics of why philosophy matters
[Originally posted at The Conversation UK; feel free to join in the discussion there] UPDATE: The below piece ran in the Conversation’s UK edition on election eve 2013. The provisional election result has Clive Palmer elected to the seat of Continue reading Australia: land of eccentric election candidates
[Originally posted at The Conversation; feel free to join in the discussion there] A few years ago I saw a poster stuck to the wall of a train station in Copenhagen. The poster was a protest paid for by a Continue reading Fuming with outrage: Nazis, nannies and smoking
[Originally posted at The Conversation; I’d invite you to join the discussion there but they shut it down. Things got a bit heated, I think.] There’s a Latin word: misericordia. It’s usually translated “mercy” or “pity”. Thomas Aquinas took misericordia Continue reading Drowning Mercy: Why We Fear The Boats