Honorary Professor, School of Mathematics and Statistics, UNSW
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I was interviewed in the Philosophy and What Matters series on D.M. Armstrong and truthmakers.
On the Resources section of the Australian Catholic Historical Society website I have created pages on Catholic intellectual life, women in the Australian Church, Irish Catholic Australians, and the Sexual Abuse Crisis ... story on Cathnews.
A brief (8 min) video introduction to Aristotelian realist philosophy of mathematics, and one (16 mins) on proof in mathematics; plus an interview on 'Is mathematics science?'
Video is available of my talk on 'Mathematics and Ethics: The Two Sciences with Demonstrable Truths' in the Scholarship at the Cathedral series.
I debated with Peter Slezak on 'The moral responsibility of intellectuals' on Feb 27 ... video
A podcast on themes from Aristotelian realist philosophy of mathematics.
My eulogy for Peter Coleman, delivered at his funeral on Apr 8, 2019.
I spoke to the Sydney Realists on 'The realism of Aquinas: the good, the true, the good, the beautiful' on Mar 19, 2019 ... text
In Feb 2019 I was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of New South Wales.
On 11 Nov 2018 I spoke on mathematical realism at the American Catholic Philosophical Assoc. conference in San Diego.
My thoughts on the "cognitive virtues" appeared in the Aug/Sept 2018 issue of St James' Church magazine Connections.
On 7 and 12 June 2018 I spoke on nondeductive methods in mathematics at the PhilMath Intersem at the University of Paris 7.
My brief biography of philosopher David Stove appears in the Australian Dictionary of Biography online.
On 13 April 2018 I spoke on definitions in mathematics at the Sydney Centre for the Foundations of Science workshop on Definitions in early modern natural philosophy, logic and mathematics.
On 30 Sept 2017 I discussed religion and atheism with Peter Slezak and Uthman Badar ... video
On 12 Sept I spoke on 'Hunting down conscientious objectors in medicine' at the conference on conscience and conscientious objection in health care at Macquarie University.
I have created a Wikipedia article on Ethics in mathematics. Contributions welcome.
On June 5-6 2017 I spoke at a conference in York on Molyneux's Question.
An opinion piece about attacks on conscientious objectors in medicine. Similar issues are discussed in my submission to the Parliamentary Inquiry into the Status of the Human Right to Freedom of Religion or Belief.
On Sept 24 2016 I spoke on Catholic missions to Australia aborigines at the Australian Catholic Historical Society's conference at North Sydney.
I gave some some thoughts on logic on Radio National's Philosopher's Zone, 11/9/16.
My article 'Global and local' appears in Princeton University Press's selection of Best Writing on Mathematics 2015 ... story.
On 9/5/15 I spoke at the Blackeath Philosophy Forum on 'Mathematics - key to the real world'.
Viewpoint: Is there something mysterious about mathematics? (Aeon ideas).
On ABC Radio Philosopher's Zone, I gave a tribute to David Armstrong and spoke at the official Sydney University memorial service for him on 16/7/14.
My book An Aristotelian Realist Philosophy of Mathematics: Mathematics as the Science of Quantity and Structure was published by Palgrave Macmillan in Apr 2014.
On 19/3/14, I spoke on extreme risks at the LSE Choice Group seminar.
On 28/1/14, I spoke on 'The genius of the scholastics and contemporary issues' to the Institute of Philosophy of the Czech Academy of Sciences.
On 25/1/14, I spoke at the conference on scientism of the Abraham Kuyper Centre for Science and Religion, Amsterdam.
On 15/12/13, I spoke on 'Lessons from Artificial Intelligence on the uniqueness of human cognition' at the conference on Natural Cognition at the University of Macau.
On 5/10/13, I gave a keynote address on Australian philosophy to the Australasian Postgraduate Philosophy Conference.
On 8/9/13, I MCed the book launch of Wanda Skowronska's To Bonegilla from Somewhere.
On 17/5/13, I gave the opening keynote address at the International Young Scholars Conference, Boracay, Philippines.
I have edited the latest (2012) issue of the Journal of the Australian Catholic Historical Society.
I discussed euthanasia at Philoagora on Nov 6, 2012.
I spoke on Pascal’s Wager on ABC-RN Philosopher's Zone on 12 Nov 2011 ... transcript
I spoke on Christianity in 21st century Australia on Dec 1 2010 ... flyer
I spoke on Australian philosophy at the Sydney Philosophy Forum, 27 Aug 2010.
I discussed philosophy of mathematics on ABC Radio National’s Philosopher’s Zone, 15 May 2010.
I debated the virtue of prudence with Bob Carr and others on ABC Radio National’s Spirit of Things program, 4 Apr 2010.
At the book launch of What Science Knows on 15 Dec 2009, I gave some thoughts on what to think about climate change.
I spoke at the Australian Catholic Students Association Conference, Brisbane, July 11 2009 on social justice
I spoke at the Sydney Writers’ Festival on May 22 2009 on Sydney philosophy ...text.
I spoke on temperance at Warrane College’s Autumn Seminar, May 2 2009 ... details
On ABC Radio National Counterpoint, 6 Apr 2009, I discussed Maths and the financial crisis
I spoke on 'When science doesn’t know’ at the Evidence, Science and Public Policy conference, Sydney University, on Mar 26 2009.
I debated ‘Can atheists justify morality?’ at UNSW, Mar 30 2009 ... details
I spoke on The Philosophy of Mathematics and Infinity to the Philoagora forum on July 22 2008.
I made a submission to the Review of Australian Higher Education, on the need for business to pay for the supply of graduates, especially via internships.
I made a submission to the 2008 Quarantine and Biosecurity Review.
I spoke on social justice on Philosopher’s Zone interview 1 Dec 2007... Counterpoint 26 Nov. An Online Opinion piece, ‘Social justice’: Utopian fantasy or foundation of prosperity?
On Aug 18 2007 I discussed the worst arguments in philosophy on ABC Radio National's Philosopher's Zone ... transcript.
On July 10 2007 I spoke on ‘Australian philosophy - a distinctive tradition’ at Philoagora.
My presentation on ‘Happiness and restraint’ to the Happiness and Its Causes Conference on 15 June was printed in The Australian's Higher Ed Supplement.
I spoke on ‘Why be moral?’ on ABC Radio National’s Counterpoint on Apr 2 ... transcript.
The book launch of Catholic Values and Australianities was held on April 30 2006 ... an account.
Letter in The Australian on the Business Council of Australia's whinges about the skills of graduates.
On Radio National’s Encounter, Mar 12 2006, I debated “Uncertainty” about postmodernism and religion.
I was awarded the 2005 Eureka Prize for Research in Ethics.
I was interviewed on Radio National’s Philosopher's Zone on Relativism and Cardinal Ratzinger on 27 Apr 2005.
I was “in conversation” with Rai Gaita and Jean Curthoys on Corrupting the Youth at Gleebooks on July 7, 2004.
I debated God and Science at the Blackheath Philosophy Forum Feb 7, 2004.
Some opinions on the direction of mathematics education can be found at Gazette Letter .
Something on the excitement of mathematics on ABC radio talk, 'A mathematical mind’.