The ‘new’ political distribution?

One of Australia’s major newspaper publishers, Fairfax (SMH, The Age), in conjunction with an ANU research centre, has recently published a major attempt to chart Australia’s current political distribution. They describe it as “a comprehensive attempt to examine Australian political attitudes, lifestyles and social values”. A bold claim. And it’s interactive. You can fill out… Continue reading The ‘new’ political distribution?

Doing Justice to the Past

New co-written article out in Philosophy & Social Criticism. Very pleased! Just in time for, and relevant to, Australia Day debates. Abstract In this article, we argue that the usual restriction of critical theory to ‘modern’ norms is subject to problems of coherence, historical accuracy and moral obligation. First, we illustrate how critical theory opposes… Continue reading Doing Justice to the Past

Philosophy, ‘pipelines’, and online teaching

Philosophy has no industry. Outside of the university, and a small number of independent authors, there is no job titled ‘philosopher’. It’s an observation students make a lot to me, and is probably one encountered the world over (with – maybe – an exception in France; I’d love to know…). And yet philosophy is also… Continue reading Philosophy, ‘pipelines’, and online teaching

On Political Amnesia

Laura Tingle, “Political Amnesia: How we forgot how to govern”, Quarterly Essay 60 (Black Inc., 2015). Tingle’s essay is a lengthy investigation of the processes and mechanisms of current Australian government, especially of the way in which they enable or prevent the practical memory of political experience. She contrasts these with the history of these… Continue reading On Political Amnesia

Three, not two, concepts of liberty

“If being free merely means acting without external restrictions [one] or taking up a reflexive stance [two], then subjects can be seen as being sufficiently free even before they become involved in a social order. But if we grasp subjects as truly ‘free’ only on the condition that their aims can be fulfilled or realized… Continue reading Three, not two, concepts of liberty