Category Archives: Philosophy

On seeing ourselves in each other!

I was reading Matthew Sharpe’s wonderful article on the film ‘Far from Men’ based on Albert Camus’s short story, L’Hote (https://theconversation.com/loin-des-hommes-we-are-all-first-men-camus-algerians-and-oelhoffens-camus-47005 ) and my mind turned to the powerful sense of connection we can often feel with writers who have lived in … Continue reading

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Let there not be another Sorry Day

It is Sorry Day today, the day set aside for Australians to recognise the past wrongs done to the indigenous people of our land. In thinking about this day and its recognition of the wrongness of political decisions made, ostensibly … Continue reading

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From boys to men

“There were two key reasons why every indigenous community developed rites of passage for their boys and girls. The first was to create a shift from child behaviour to healthy adult behaviour. So child behaviour in a boy is what … Continue reading

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Julie Bishop doesn’t need feminism

Apparently Julie Bishop isn’t a “feminist”. Well of course not, Julie Bishop doesn’t really need feminism. It’s a bit like being well off and saying that you don’t believe in income support (hmm, sounds like someone else’s political line). Julie, … Continue reading

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Why stories matter

In 1945, Psychiatrist Dr Viktor E. Frankl wrote about his experiences in Nazi concentration camps in his autobiographical account, Man’s Search For Meaning. In his account Frankl sets out, not to detail all of the great horrors, which as he … Continue reading

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Conceptual shifts in thinking

If we want to get anywhere with social change, we are likely to need to be able to contemplate a life and space in which this change has occurred, however radical. Davina Cooper’s “Everyday Utopias: The Conceptual Life of Promising … Continue reading

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Philosophy….a thinker’s game

People often ask me what I am going to “do” when I finish my philosophy studies. I struggle to respond to this question for two reasons. Firstly, one never quite “finishes” one’s philosophy studies, rather it is a work in … Continue reading

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