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Was 2018 the year of living undemocratically?

12/11/2018
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Is there reason to remain hopeful in democracy as a form of peaceful, pluralistic, ethically defensible way of life?

Duration:00:48:43

Is moral philosophy being killed by hypothetical cases?

12/4/2018
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Why have hypothetical scenarios come to dominate moral reflection over the last century? Is it time for moral philosophy to abandon its preoccupation with hypothetical cases?

Duration:00:43:43

Francis Fukuyama and the problem of identity politics

11/27/2018
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Does the resurgence of notions of “identity” represent a problem to be solved, or does it present an invitation to rediscover a deeper understanding of solidarity?

Duration:00:38:58

What can fans do when sport becomes ethically intolerable?

11/20/2018
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Do fans have particular moral responsibilities when it comes to their consumption of, and participation in, professional sport?

Duration:00:42:47

America after the mid-terms: Just how divided can a democracy become, and survive?

11/13/2018
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When the conditions of political friendship seem no longer to exist, what democratic resources remain that might begin healing this civic wound?

Duration:00:43:09

Political interference in university research: What are the limits of 'intellectual freedom'?

11/6/2018
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Can the ends, the goal, the telos of humanities research be articulated in a way that both demonstrates public benefit and welcomes scrutiny?

Duration:00:42:26

Why did it take the murder of Jamal Khashoggi to make us re-evaluate Saudi Arabia?

10/30/2018
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Does the fact that international alarm has flared up so quickly mean that the lividity of concern will fade just as quickly? What would a stance toward the Middle East that is at once informed, realistic and ethically defensible look like?

Duration:00:39:44

Freedom from discrimination: What is its ethical basis? What is its goal?

10/23/2018
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Does anti-discrimination legislation present a limit, a countervailing claim, to the right to religious freedom? Can they both be reconciled within a common moral framework?

Duration:00:44:34

Freedom of religion: What’s being protected? What are its limits?

10/16/2018
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What happens when two fundamental rights claims — religious freedom and freedom from discrimination — clash with one another?

Duration:00:45:36

Can, or should, international aid be separated from national interests?

10/9/2018
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What is the ethical basis for — and what are the limits of — foreign aid?

Duration:00:42:17

The Kavanaugh hearings: Who, or what, is on trial?

10/2/2018
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The moral questions that emerge from the competing testimonies of Kavanaugh and Blasey Ford are both profound and far-reaching.

Duration:00:33:10

Can the Humanities survive in the modern university?

9/25/2018
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What form should tertiary education take if it is to cultivate virtuous citizens?

Duration:00:44:19

Who's to blame for climate change?

9/18/2018
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What is the nature of moral responsibility when confronted with a problem as complex as climate change?

Duration:00:44:32

Resisting Trump from within: Civil disobedience, moral vanity or democratic betrayal?

9/11/2018
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If there are indeed White House officials actively impeding the wishes of a democratically-elected president, on what grounds can they do so? Is there any other way of classifying such behaviour than as a 'coup d'etat'?

Duration:00:46:16

Does democracy stand a chance against neoliberalism?

9/4/2018
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What are the democratic practices and forms of organisation that need to be recovered in order to provide meaningful resistance to neoliberalism’s decades-long assault on our common life?

Duration:00:43:23

What’s wrong with Australian democracy?

8/28/2018
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Is the way that Australia practices parliamentary democracy broken? Or is there something more perfidious about the fracturing of the political parties themselves that leaves little motivation for anything other than naked ambition?

Duration:00:44:21

Must public discourse be persuasive?

8/21/2018
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What are the limits of 'public deliberation'? When is one permitted to pronounce a fellow citizen/member of a political community, 'beyond the pale' or beyond the reach of political communion?

Duration:00:45:10

How important is truth in democratic politics?

8/14/2018
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In a democracy, the denial of shared facts also denies the possibility of a shared world in which we can deliberate together.

Duration:00:44:58

The tragedy of Emma Husar and the ethics of BuzzFeed: What’s in the public interest?

8/7/2018
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Was the publication of the allegations against the federal Labor MP Emma Husar in 'the public interest'? Or has its haste to scoop its rivals caused BuzzFeed to abandon the temperance and care with which personal lives should be handled — even those of politicians?

Duration:00:44:04

Can we still enjoy the labours of morally ‘tainted’ artists?

7/31/2018
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Can we still learn from, use, enjoy or legitimately benefit from the work of people who have committed egregious moral wrongs or who themselves hold morally repugnant beliefs?

Duration:00:40:35