CORRUPTING THE YOUTH: A HISTORY OF PHILOSOPHY IN AUSTRALIA: Contents
Contents of book on Australian philosophy, published in 2003 by Macleay Press.
Times Literary Supplement's review ... (Sydney U's response)
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Radio National Religion Report transcript ... Radio National Perspective transcript on 'Philosophy v psychoanalysis' ...
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I. THE MID-CENTURY
- 1. Anderson and the State
[John Anderson's 'No' to everything -- conflicts with the NSW State Parliament -- farce on the floor as philosophy debated -- Anderson's conflicts with Communists and Trotskyists -- his later conservatism -- his ASIO file]
- 2. Anderson and the Youth
[Anderson's impact on the youth; accounts of Donald Horne, Peter Coleman, John Kerr, Gough Whitlam -- mood of constant criticism in Andersonian circle -- Anderson's repudiation of 'moralism' -- his appointment of his mistress as lecturer --Bertrand Russell, Andersonian]
- 3. Gross Moral Turpitude: The Orr Case
[The central events of the Orr case: largely based on Pybus' Gross Moral Turpitude with some comments on Orr's philosophical articles]
- 4. The Catholic Scholastics
[The Catholic Church: official philosophy for objective morality -- Dr Ryan, anti-Communist crusader and founder of the 'Movement' in Sydney -- James McAuley]
- 5. The Gough-Kinsella Affair
[The public controversy of 1961 on whether philosophy was corrupting the youth, driven by Andersonian-scholastic enmity -- Archbishop resigns with egg on face]
- 6. Idealism and Empire
[Turn-of-the-century Idealist philosophy and the distribution of moral uplift to the Universe, King and Country -- its logical errors, and opposition by "Australian realism"]
- 7. The Melbourne Spectrum
[The school of -Wittgenstein -- the Left hegemony -- philosophy and public affairs]
II. THE WIDER SPHERE OF PHILOSOPHY
- 8. The Push and Critical Drinkers
[The Sydney Push as descendants of Anderson -- how Germaine Greer and Robert Hughes learned to think -- Socrates appears at the London trial of Oz]
- 9. Substance and Accident: Mind, Matter and Medicine Gone Mad
[Is the mind more than the brain? -- "Australian materialism" in philosophy -- materialist views and drug, surgical and deep sleep therapies in psychiatry -- raw feels and phenomenology -- the meaning of Freud]
- 10. The Inspiration of Youth and the Pursuit of Virtue
[Worldviews to inspire the youth (other than religion and politics): secular education -- Virgil and rural virtue -- the classical hero -- Anzac legend -- playing the game -- literary models of virtue -- Robert Menzies' 'Ode to Wordsworth' -- the Masons]
III. SPECIAL INTERESTS
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- 11. The Sydney Disturbances
[The 1965 "Knopfelmacher affair" -- left-right fight results in selection process being overturned -- 1972-3 fights and strike over Marxism and feminism leading to split into two departments] [a version published in Quadrant 43 (4) (Apr, 1999): 16-21]
- 12. Science, Antiscience and Australian Realism
[Attacks on rationality of science answered by Australian philosophers of science -- reality of space, forces and other scientific entities defended -- quantum mechanics and evolution -- Armstrong on universals -- heresies in logic and their role in artificial intelligence]
- 13. I Love a Sunburnt Environment
["Deep" versus "shallow" in environmental philosophy -- Aboriginal views of land -- Environment replaces Empire as religion substitute in schools -- account of crocodile attack on ecofeminist]
- 14. This space intentionally left bank: Francofeminism
[Succeeding on men's terms or gender apartheid -- debate over whether there is a feminist logic -- attack on turgid psycho-franco-feminism]
- 15. The return of the repressed
[Idealist errors resuscitated as post-modernism -- worst prose in Australia found -- natural law philosophy and Mabo]
- 16. Last Rights: Applied Ethics
[Peter Singer on animal liberation, baby-killing and euthanasia -- German attacks on him by disabled cause cancellation of conference -- Kuhse-Uniacke plagiarism affair -- attacks on Singer by defenders of objective ethics: Gaita, Teichman, Finnis]
- Epilogue: Stove on 'Why Have Philosophers?'
- What Is Not Here [Very briefly on political and social philosophy, history of philosophy]
- Recommendations for Further Reading