Tags: philosophy, society & culture
Mind, matter and motherhood July 19, 2020
When Nicola Redhouse had each of her two children she experienced shattering post-natal anxiety that sent her deep into the mystery of the self, and the relationship between mind and body.
Montesquieu and despotism July 12, 2020
Montesquieu was the 18th century French philosopher who introduced the term "despotism" into our political vocabulary. Today, his analysis is as relevant as ever.
The digital dead July 5, 2020
When we die, our digital selves sometimes live on. How should we prepare for our electronic afterlives?
Philosophy by postcard June 28, 2020
A fascinating public philosophy project, celebrating a major figure whose work deserves greater recognition — not just as a philosopher, but as a pioneering woman in a very male world.
The ethics of uterus transplantation June 21, 2020
If a woman wants to experience pregnancy but can't, the answer could be a uterus transplant. The technology is promising, if still very new — but how ethically sound is it?
Race in America pt 2: Lewis Gordon June 14, 2020
Any conversation about racial justice has to go back to basics: questions about the nature of humanity and the meaning of freedom.
Race in America pt 1: George Yancy June 7, 2020
Speaking out against racism by insisting on the collusion of white people — even well-meaning ones — in a system that's racist to the core can bring serious consequences. George Yancy knows this well.
Choosing a personal philosophy: Existentialism May 31, 2020
Tired of having a casual, abstract flirtation with philosophy? It might be time to step up and commit.
Driverless cars are coming, and with them, a host of troubling ethical issues around who has access to mobility — and who doesn't.
Citizens and urban planning May 17, 2020
This week we explore the philosophical foundations of a more realistic model for citizen participation in urban planning.
The big snore May 10, 2020
Norwegian philosopher Lars Svendsen explores the intricacies, the joys, and the creative potential of boredom.
What can genes tell us? May 3, 2020
Can our genes tell us if we're gay? Or intelligent? Science says the answer is complex, and there's more to genetic determinism than meets the eye.
Border patrol April 26, 2020
Refugees are often spoken and written about as outsiders, peripheral to Australian life. But what if the refugee actually knows things about Australia that we don't?
Thinking a pandemic April 19, 2020
Considering the history, the politics and the ethics of COVID-19 can reveal fascinating — and uncomfortable — insights about ourselves and our society.
Time in a time of excess time April 12, 2020
What is this mysterious relationship between what time feels like and what time really is?
Honour in the institution April 5, 2020
Institutions shape every aspect of our lives, yet they can be strangely amorphous things, operating according to norms and conventions that often undermine each other. For women, this can result in institutional discrimination – in workplaces and public organisations, but also in less tangible institutions like the family and the …
AI and moral intuition: use it or lose it? March 29, 2020
If we outsource our moral intuition to artificial intelligence, do we risk becoming morally de-skilled?
LGBT elders, isolation and loneliness March 22, 2020
Simone de Beauvoir had a keen appreciation of the challenges of ageing – “old age exposes the failure of our entire civilisation” – so can we find resources in her brand of existentialism that address some of the issues raised by LGBT elders?
Dangerous minds March 15, 2020
Heidegger was an unrepentant Nazi. Nietzsche's later work contains passages that openly advocate slavery and genocide. Today, with far-right extremism on the rise around the world, how concerned should we be when reading – and teaching – the work of these canonical figures?