Dear Mr Briggs, We haven’t met. But I’ve been following your ministerial career with some interest, since just before the last election. As you’ll recall you were the then-opposition’s spokesperson on “government waste,” a role that involved attending a surprising Continue reading The Consolations of Philosophy: An Open Letter To Jamie Briggs
Well, it’s that time of year again – and there it is; just four words into an article on Christmas I’ve used the word ‘time.’ Among the hodge-podge of rituals and holidays that survive in the post-Christian West, Christmas might Continue reading Christmas Already? ‘Tis The Season to Think About Time
I’m absolutely delighted to say that The Naked Self: Kierkegaard and Personal Identity has now been released in Europe. It should be available in the US and via Amazon in the next couple of months. The Naked Self is the Continue reading The Naked Self: Kierkegaard and Personal Identity is out!
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. One detail you might have missed in the recent uproar over the Australian Border Force’s involvement in “Operation Fortitude” was the ABF’s understanding of what a border is: We consider the Continue reading Bordering on contempt: Operation Fortitude and the right to exclude
This piece originally appeared on The Conversation’s Cogito blog. Whatever you think of his views, or of how he came to sit in the Senate, it’s hard to deny that David Leyonhjelm is the real deal: a conviction politician whose Continue reading On ‘nanny states’ and race, Leyonhjelm exposes the moral thinness of libertarianism
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
I’m delighted to say that Narrative, Identity and the Kierkegaardian Self is now available. Edited by John Lippitt and myself, this is the first collection on Kierkegaard and narrative personal identity in over a decade – think of it as Continue reading “Narrative, Identity, and the Kierkegaardian Self” is out!
This piece originally appeared as the first post in The Conversation’s new Cogito blog Earlier this year, the ethicist Walter-Sinnot Armstrong asked whether philosophers were out of touch with, even contemptuous, of ordinary people and everyday life. The picture he Continue reading Corriging the incorrigible: why philosophy is good for you (but can also get you killed)
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