About

I'm an award-winning Australian philosopher, author and columnist.

I'm the author or editor of seven books, including five adult nonfiction and two children's books.

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.

Nonfiction Books

My new book is Voltaire's Vine and Other Philosophies, published by Rider, an imprint of Random House. The Daily Telegraph praised its "tremendous vistas of thought", while the Spectator called it "sprightly and stimulating".

Voltaire's Vine is published in translation in Holland and Belgium (Ten Have), Turkey (Can) and Italy (Iacobelli Editiones). More editions coming. This was first published as Philosophy in the Garden, and described by The Australian as "fluent and stylish and never marred by cliches or cliched thinking."

I'm also the author of How to Think About Exercise, which is out now with Pan Macmillan in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, South Africa, India, Singapore and other Commonwealth countries. It will be published in the United States by Picador in January 2015.

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, by Editiones B. It's coming out in the Netherlands soon, with Ten Have.

I'm also the editor, with Graham Priest, of Martial Arts and Philosophy: Beating and Nothingness. A scholarly collection on the same topic, Philosophy and the Martial Arts, is now out with Routledge internationally.

Fiction Books

My first children's picture book, My Nanna is a Ninja, is out now. My second will follow in late February 2015: My Pop is a Pirate. 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'.

Academic Background

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.