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Is Humility a Virtue, Unfashionable or Not?

6/19/2018
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It is one quality that undergirds all others; it constitutes their ground, their condition of possibility. But is humility the virtue of all virtues?

Duration:00:39:23

Unfashionable Virtues: Steadfastness

6/12/2018
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In the ancient world, steadfastness is bound up with personal integrity and interpersonal loyalty. Today, can it provide the basis for dynamic political friendship?

Duration:00:41:34

Unfashionable Virtues: Frankness

6/5/2018
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Is frankness the preference of truth over 'opinion' or does it go beyond that? Is it the willingness to place oneself in a position of vulnerability?

Duration:00:40:26

Unfashionable Virtues: Forbearance

5/29/2018
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Should forbearance still be considered a virtue? Or is forbearance ultimately an undesirable response to a hideously unjust world?

Duration:00:44:10

Is Restraint an Unfashionable Virtue?

5/22/2018
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Is self-restraint a good in itself or is it open to corruption and distortion?

Duration:00:44:52

What Makes Torture Wrong?

5/15/2018
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Is torture morally unconscionable because it is an unreliable means of extracting information? Or is it morally wrong regardless of the quality of information it elicits?

Duration:00:43:51

Love-Labour: Is there a moral imperative to do housework?

5/8/2018
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Have we lost something essential to the moral life – something beyond monetary value – in our pursuit of convenience?

Duration:00:45:25

Bad Banks: Can Financial Services be Ethical?

5/1/2018
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What does the Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry say about the nature of money?

Duration:00:44:45

Anzac Day: Can Australia handle the truth?

4/24/2018
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Can critical reflection on a nation’s history be cultivated without a sense of national identity and coherence thereby being undermined?

Duration:00:43:02

Is the ‘gig economy’ just capitalism’s latest form of exploitation?

4/17/2018
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The ‘gig economy’ promises unparalleled autonomy and flexibility for its workers. But the workers themselves become both capital and labour. Are there conditions under which the ‘gig economy’ might be considered moral? What are the ethical implications for consumers?

Duration:00:40:26

Can the ‘Sensible Centre’ Survive an Era of Ideological Extremes?

4/10/2018
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It has long been part of our received political wisdom that Australia is a nation of centrists, but these are not centrist times. What are the political implications in this age of extremes?

Duration:00:49:52

Martin Luther King, Jr.: Political Saint or Moral Philosopher?

4/3/2018
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Can Martin Luther King Jr.’s true moral challenge only be heard once he is freed from the theatricalised struggle for civil rights in the South?

Duration:00:45:05

What does one generation owe another? Tax and social obligation

3/27/2018
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Modern democratic politics runs up against its limit in the form of the problem of intergenerational justice: How to secure electoral support for just policies, whose benefit will accrue to future voters, but whose cost is borne by voters now?

Duration:00:39:43

Should you #DeleteFacebook? The perils of platform capitalism

3/20/2018
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The steady stream of revelations since the 2016 Presidential election reveal that Facebook is simply not interested in democratic participation, but the degree to which it can convert citizens into that most valuable to modern commodities: data.

Duration:00:40:49

Should Culture be Saved from Becoming too ‘Political’?

3/13/2018
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When serious political issues are subordinated to the commercial logic that governs the production of movies, television, etc., isn’t there an irresistible temptation just to give consumers what they want, and thereby to reduce politics to ‘good guys’ and ‘bad guys’?

Duration:00:41:17

Has #MeToo Gone Too Far, or Not Far Enough?

3/6/2018
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Can #MeToo bring about a cultural reformation? Can it maintain its passion while also maintaining a commitment to due process?

Duration:00:40:39

Gun Control: After Florida, Could Change Finally Be Within Reach?

2/27/2018
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If there is anything more sickening than the gratuitous displays of gun violence that tear at America’s civic fabric, it is the ritualised excuses and political alibis that follow in their wake. But in the wake of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School things seem somewhat different.

Duration:00:38:27

Should Private Lives be Subject to Public Scrutiny?

2/20/2018
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What is perhaps most alarming in the Barnaby Joyce affair is the lack of basic agreement on some fundamental questions: Should the ‘private lives’ of public figures be the objects of scrutiny? Should workplaces be places where one might reasonably pursue sexual conduct?

Duration:00:39:45

What Good Did the Apology Do?

2/13/2018
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The historic Apology to the Stolen Generations was a potentially transformative step towards the righting of egregious wrongs. But were there dynamics at play that conspired to undermine its moral force?

Duration:00:40:19

Can Politics Be Freed from the Banality of Mass Culture?

2/6/2018
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In our current media-saturated age, content has become incidental to the real story, which is the entertainment-value of the political spectacle itself. Have politics and mass culture become too inextricably entwined to imagine one without the other?

Duration:00:40:06