Philosophy

Frank Jackson reviews 'Introspection and Consciousness' by Declan Smithies and Daniel Stoljar

Frank Jackson
08 March 2013

I have beliefs about what you believe. I also have beliefs about what I myself believe. The big difference between the two cases is how I come by these beliefs. By and large, my beliefs about what you believe come from observations of your behaviour (understood in a wide sense, which includes the environment in which your behaviour is located). Here are ... More

Craig Taylor reviews 'The Antipodean Philosopher, Volume 2'

Craig Taylor
27 November 2012

This volume, which complements a collection of public lectures by Australian and New Zealand Philosophers, comprises separate interviews with fourteen prominent Australasian philosophers. Many general readers will be unfamiliar with the interviewees, the exception being Peter Singer, whose international reputation transcends academic philosophy. However, the subject ... More

Glyn Davis reviews 'The Making of Modern Liberalism'

Glyn Davis
24 October 2012

In a famous essay on poetry, English philosopher Michael Oakeshott evoked the metaphor of conversation to describe how people share and discuss ideas. A conversation, suggested Oakeshott, allows a continuous discussion between past and present, between the thought of earlier generations and the pressing needs of the present. A conversation is not a search for truth ... More

George Levine: The Joy of Secularism

Tamas Pataki
24 November 2011

The limits of enchantment

Tamas Pataki

 

The Joy of Secularism: 11 Essays for How We Live Now
edited by George Levine
Princeton University Press (Footprint Books), $46.95 hb, 272 pp, 9780691149103

 

The war of religion currently being fought with fusil ... More

Graham Oppy et al. (eds): A Companion to Philosophy in Australia and New Zealand

Adrian Walsh
08 June 2011

Canon members

Adrian Walsh

 

A Companion to Philosophy in Australia and New Zealand
edited by Graham Oppy et al.
Monash University Publishing, $59.95 pb, 734 pp, 9780980651201

 

 

Early in Murray Bail’s novel The Pages (2008), w ... More

Julian Young: Friedrich Nietzsche

Jack Reynolds
24 March 2011

Übermensch for all seasons

Jack Reynolds

 

Friedrich Nietzsche: A Philosophical Biography
by Julian Young
Cambridge University Press, $100 hb, 676 pp, 9780521871174

 

If any book market is nearing saturation, it must be the Nietzsche one, yet new tit ... More

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