Russell Blackford

Conjoint Senior Lecturer in Philosophy
University of Newcastle, NSW
Participates in 3 items
am a philosopher, legal scholar, and literary critic - and sometimes a creative writer. My books include: * STRANGE CONSTELLATIONS: A HISTORY OF AUSTRALIAN SCIENCE FICTION (Greenwood Press, 1999; co-authored with Van Ikin and Sean McMullen). * 50 VOICES OF DISBELIEF: WHY WE ARE ATHEISTS (Wiley-Blackwell, 2009; co-edited with Udo Schuklenk). * FREEDOM OF RELIGION AND THE SECULAR STATE (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012). * 50 GREAT MYTHS ABOUT ATHEISM (Wiley-Blackwell, 2013; co-authored with Udo Schuklenk). * HUMANITY ENHANCED: GENETIC CHOICE AND THE CHALLENGE FOR LIBERAL DEMOCRACIES (MIT Press, 2014). * INTELLIGENCE UNBOUND: THE FUTURE OF UPLOADED AND MACHINE MINDS (Wiley-Blackwell, 2014; co-edited with Damien Broderick). * THE MYSTERY OF MORAL AUTHORITY (Palgrave, 2016). * PHILOSOPHY'S FUTURE: THE PROBLEM OF PHILOSOPHICAL PROGRESS (Wiley-Blackwell, 2017; co-edited with Damien Broderick). * SCIENCE FICTION AND THE MORAL IMAGINATION: VISIONS, MINDS, ETHICS (Springer, 2017). * THE TYRANNY OF OPINION: CONFORMITY AND THE FUTURE OF LIBERALISM (Bloomsbury, 2018). I am a prolific essayist and commentator with interests including legal, moral, and political philosophy; philosophical bioethics; philosophy of religion; and debates involving visions of the human future. I am a Fellow with the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, a Laureate of the International Academy of Humanism, and Editor-in-Chief of The Journal of Evolution and Technology. I am a frequent contributor to Free Inquiry, The Philosophers' Magazine, New Philosopher, and The Conversation. I have also had some success as a science fiction and fantasy author, including my fantasy story "The Sword of God" (which won both a Ditmar Award and Aurealis Award in 1997) and an original trilogy for the Terminator franchise: TERMINATOR 2: THE NEW JOHN CONNOR CHRONICLES. I was born in Sydney, which is a city that I love, but I have lived in Melbourne (for 30 years) and Canberra (for just a few months). More recently, I've returned to Newcastle, NSW - north of Sydney - where I grew up. I have strong connections with all these places. I hold an honorary research position (Conjoint Senior Lecturer in Philosophy) in the School of Humanities and Social Science at the University of Newcastle.

Sessions in which Russell Blackford participates

Thursday 15 August, 2019

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Sunday 18 August, 2019

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Monday 19 August, 2019

Time Zone: IST/Dublin
12:00
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