I'm an Honorary Fellow in Philosophy at the University of Melbourne, and Founding Faculty at the School of Life, Melbourne.
In 2013 I was awarded the AAP's Media Prize for my work in public philosophy.
I live in Melbourne's eastern suburbs with my wife, son and daughter.
My latest book is Philosophy in the Garden, described by The Australian as "fluent and stylish and never marred by cliches or cliched thinking." The UK edition, Voltaire's Vine and Other Philosophies, will be published in April 2014 by Rider, an imprint of Random House. Editions will follow in Holland (Ten Have), Turkey (Can) and other territories soon.
My new book, for UK Pan Macmillan's School of Life series, will be How to Think About Exercise. It's due out in January 2014 in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Singapore, India. Other territories may follow.
My first book was Distraction, published in Australia, the US and UK. The UK's Financial Times called it "lucid and optimistic". It's also published in Mexico, in Spanish.
I'm also the editor, with Graham Priest, of Martial Arts and Philosophy: Beating and Nothingness.
My first children's picture book, My Nanna is a Ninja, will be published by UQP in March 2014. My second will follow in 2015. Both are illustrated by Peter Carnavas.
Opinion, Features and Reviews
I've published opinion, features and reviews for The Age, The Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian, The Australian Literary Review, Herald-Sun and BBC. I'm a regular columnist for the ABC and Canberra Times. My work is published in The Best Australian Science Writing 2013.
I've also written poetry and fiction for Overland and Meanjin magazines.
Radio and Television
I regularly comment on radio, including a monthly spot as a 'Modern Dilemmas' panelist on Radio National's 'Life Matters'. I was a regular guest on 'Mornings' with Alan Brough on ABC 774, 'philosopher-in-residence' on 'Afternoons' with James Valentine on ABC Sydney 702, and 'sports philosopher' with Francis Leach on SEN 1116. I've also spoken on television: ABC's 'The Drum' and 'Hack' and Channel 7's 'Sunrise'.
I have a PhD in Philosophy, after a BA (Hons) in Philosophy and Literature. I am an Honourary Fellow in Philosophy at the University of Melbourne, where I was a Research Fellow in Aesthetics from 2005-2007. I've published in various scholarly journals, including Philosophy Today and Philosophy East and West.