Conjoint Lecturer in Philosophy, University of Newcastle

I am a philosopher, literary critic, editor, and author, based at the University of Newcastle, Australia.

My recent books include:

* 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).

I'm a prolific essayist and commentator with interests including legal 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 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 written for the Terminator franchise. I've won the William Atheling, Jr., Award for Criticism and Review (in the fantasy and science fiction field) on three occasions, including for my co-authored book Strange Constellations: A History of Australian Science Fiction (Greenwood Press, 1999; co-authored with Van Ikin and Sean McMullen).

Experience

  • 2010–2017
    Conjoint Lecturer in Philosophy in Philosophy, University of Newcastle

Education

  • 2008 
    Monash University, PhD
  • 2002 
    Monash University, MBioeth
  • 1996 
    University of Melbourne, LLB (First Class Honours)
  • 1982 
    University of Newcastle, PhD
  • 1977 
    University of Newcastle, DipEd
  • 1976 
    University of Newcastle, BA (First Class Honours)

Publications

  • 2017
    Science Fiction and the Moral Imagination: Visions, Minds, Ethics, Springer
  • 2017
    Philosophy's Future: The Problem of Philosophical Progress (co-edited with Damien Broderick), Wiley-Blackwell
  • 2016
    The Mystery of Moral Authority, Palgrave Pivot
  • 2014
    Humanity Enhanced: Genetic Choice and the Challenge for Liberal Democracies, MIT Press
  • 2014
    Intelligence Unbound: The Future of Uploaded and Machine Minds (co-edited with Damien Broderick), Wiley-Blackwell
  • 2013
    50 Great Myths About Atheism (co-authored with Udo Schuklenk), Wiley-Blackwell
  • 2012
    Freedom of Religion and the Secular State, Wiley-Blackwell
  • 2009
    50 Voices of Disbelief: Why We Are Atheists (co-edited with Udo Schuklenk), Wiley-Blackwell
  • 1999
    Strange Constellations: A History of Australian Science Fiction (co-authored with Van Ikin and Sean McMullen), Greenwood Press

Professional Memberships

  • Australasian Association of Philosophy

Honours

Laureate of the International Academy of Humanism