Romeo famously proclaimed: "Hang up philosophy. Unless philosophy can make a Juliet!" What can philosophy make? And how does it contribute to contemporary life? Philosophers John Armstrong, Dalia Nassar and Kristie Miller discuss the meaning and significance of thinking for the sake of thinking with Joe Gelonesi, presenter of The Philosopher’s Zone on ABC RN.
Joe Gelonesi (Australian)
Joe Gelonesi has been a key member of ABC Radio National’s executive editorial team for the past decade. This year he returned to the radio as presenter of The Philosopher’s Zone. The popular program is back on the airwaves after the sudden death last year of its much-loved presenter Alan Saunders. As Alan’s editor and long-time friend Joe is pursuing Alan’s vision of bringing the joy of philosophy to a wide audience.
Associate Professor John Armstrong is Philosopher-in-Residence at Melbourne Business School and Senior Advisor to the Vice-Chancellor of Melbourne University. He is the author of several internationally acclaimed books, including The Secret Power of Beauty, and Love, Life, Goethe, The Intimate Philosophy of Art, Conditions of Love: The Philosophy of Intimacy, and In Search of Civilisation: Remaking a Tarnished Idea. johnarmstrong.com.au
Dr Dalia Nassar is an ARC-DECRA researcher in the philosophy department at the University of Sydney. She works in the history of philosophy, focusing on the idea of nature and its relation to culture. Her research aims to facilitate a dialogue between 19th century approaches to natural philosophy and contemporary environmental questions and concerns. She is author of The Romantic Absolute: Being and Knowing in German Romantic Philosophy and editor of The Relevance of Romanticism: Essays on German Romantic Philosophy. sydney.edu.au
Kristie Miller (Australian)
Associate Professor Kristie Miller is joint director of the Centre for Time at the University of Sydney and a senior ARC research fellow in the department of philosophy. Her research focusses primarily on metaphysics, and she is particularly interested in the metaphysics of space, time, and objects therein. She is the author of Issues in Theoretical Diversity: Persistence, Composition and Time and the co-editor of New Papers on the Present and Dating and Philosophy. She has published widely on the metaphysics of time and objects. kristiemiller.net