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Zac Alstin

Despite enjoying his four years of philosophical education, Zac Alstin emerged from the post-modern wilderness to discover with surprise and delight the actual existence of such things as truth, goodness, and reality. He now works part time in Aged Care Research, where he may, despite his philosophical education, actually contribute to the well-being of someone, somewhere. So as not to become excessively practical, he has recently pledged himself to the significant undertaking of a PhD in Philosophy of Religion.

In the meantime, he continues to draw inspiration from ancient Chinese philosophers, and look for excuses to quote them. “I am not one who was born in the possession of knowledge; I am one who is fond of antiquity, and earnest in seeking it there.” - Confucius, The Analects. VII.19”


Finding a role for the foodie
1 Jul 2014 | FEATURES |  
tags: consumerism, foodies, philosophy
Why do some people dream about food so much?


Is “conscious uncoupling” really such a loopy idea?
15 Apr 2014 | FEATURES |  
tags: celebrity culture, divorce, marriage, New Age
Gwyneth Paltrow was ridiculed when she explained her divorce, but there's a nugget of truth in her words.


Is it OK to be a bigot?
8 Apr 2014 | FEATURES |  
tags: Australia, bigotry, free speech
Australia's Attorney-General thinks so.


Compassionate or confusing? The Dalai Lama on same-sex marriage
11 Mar 2014 | FEATURES |  
tags: Dalai Lama, same-sex marriage
One of the world's best known religious leaders has came out in favour of same-sex marriage. But what does he really think?


Things you can learn from the zombie apocalypse
25 Feb 2014 | FEATURES |  
tags: economics, TV, zombie apocalypse, zombies
Is it a metaphor for our dependence on an increasingly remote and inhuman economic system?


The paradox of a conservative revolution
14 Jan 2014 | FEATURES |  
tags: conservatives, moral issues, religion
Do conservative reformers realise the scale of the problem they are addressing?


No country for old homophobes
15 Jul 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: films, homophobia, same-sex marriage, tolerance
Ender’s Game has nothing to do with same-sex marriage. But the film’s author-producer is still being lynched for his views.


Necessary excuses
23 May 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: ethics, ethics of warfare
“Comfort women”, carpet bombing, atom bombs, lethal drones and genocide can all be justified by appeals to necessity.


The genius of Chesterton
8 Jan 2013 | FEATURES |  
tags: biography, book reviews
A comprehensive new biography of the brilliant controversialist will delight fans and instruct the sceptical.


The cycle of fallen heroes
6 Nov 2012 | FEATURES |  
tags: heroes, Lance Armstrong
Like Hercules, Lance Armstrong was a hero, and like the Greek demi-god, he lacked important virtues.


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