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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”.

Zac blogs at http://zacalstin.com/



China’s virtuous president
16 Oct 2014 | FEATURES |  
tags: China, Confucius, virtue
Is Xi Jinping promoting Confucian virtue, or is his interest in the Sage more pragmatic?


The critical challenge of gender equality
8 Oct 2014 | FEATURES |  
tags: gender equality, violence against women
We need to critique the excesses of new social orthodoxies from a considered position.


iWant! iWant! iWant!
1 Oct 2014 | FEATURES |  
tags: Apple, consumerism, iPhone
Is the hype over iPhone 6 an icon of our infatuation with consumerism?


Joan Rivers’ final act
12 Sep 2014 | FEATURES |  
tags: obituaries, plastic surgery, show business, US
America's icon of plastic surgery was a popular comedian, but success came at great personal cost.


Vale, Robin Williams, Hollywood’s melancholy funnyman
14 Aug 2014 | FEATURES |  
tags: films, Hollywood, melancholy, suicide
Why do we feel so moved by the death of a man we've never met?


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?


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