Russell Blackford's Website
I am an Australian writer, philosopher, and literary critic, based in Newcastle, NSW. I am a Conjoint Lecturer in the School of Humanities and Social Science at the University of Newcastle, and editor-in-chief of The Journal of Evolution and Technology. In 2012 I joined Free Inquiry as a regular op.ed. columnist.
You can find my philosophy-related curriculum vitae (including a short list of relevant academic publications) here. My qualifications include First Class Honours degrees in both Arts and Law, and a Master of Bioethics degree. I hold separate Ph.Ds in English literature (from the University of Newcastle) and philosophy (from Monash University).
In recent years, I was a postgraduate student in the, Monash University, where I also taught in a wide range of subjects. After 30 years in Melbourne, Vic, and I returned in 2009 to Newcastle, where we grew up.
I am an experienced public speaker and presenter, and I love to talk about ideas. In September 2011, I was third speaker for the opposition in an IQ2 debate in Sydney on the subject "Atheists are wrong". This was broadcast on national television in Australia, and the video is available here. (My team won the debate convincingly!) Among other upcoming appearances, I'll be speaking at The Amazing Meeting in Las Vegas in July 2013. I post at Talking Philosophy and on my personal blog, The Hellfire Club (go here for older posts).
To contact me directly, use this link.
To book me to talk to schools, libraries, and the like, especially around Newcastle or Sydney, you can check out the Ford Street Publishing Creative Net website.
My latest book is Freedom of Religion and the Secular State, which was released by Wiley-Blackwell in January 2012. A.C. Grayling says: "This is a must-read: Blackford has given us a forceful and persuasive book that will have a big impact on the debate it addresses."
My previous book is an edited collection, put together by Udo Schuklenk and myself, 50 Voices of Disbelief: Why We Are Atheists (Wiley-Blackwell 2009). It contains fifty essays by prominent witers, philosophers, journalists, and others who reject belief in religious dogma, including the existence of the Abrahamic God. These are new essays (not reprints) by contributors from all over the world.
As of March 2013, I have three new books under contract: 50 Great Myths About Atheism (co-authored with Udo Schuklenk; to be published by Wiley-Blackwell in late 2013), Humanity Enhanced: Genetic Choice and the Challenge for Liberal Democracies (to be published by MIT Press), and Intelligence Unbound: The Future of Uploaded and Machine Minds (co-edited with Damien Broderick; to be published by Wiley-Blackwell).
For more about my books, short stories and articles, see my Books page, my page of Selected Articles and Stories, or my full Bibliography. You can also check out my Amazon author page. Some of my published articles (and extracts from my published fiction) are available free of charge here.
Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies and Journal of Evolution and Technology
In 2004, I accepted an honorary appointment as a Fellow with the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies (IEET). IEET is an international think tank that seeks to contribute to the understanding of the impact of emerging technologies on individuals and societies. In early 2008 I was appointed by IEET as editor-in-chief of its flagship on-line journal, The Journal of Evolution and Technology.
The current issue is the Minds and Machines Special Issue (Volume 22 Issue 1), which I am co-editing with distinguished bioethicist Linda MacDonald Glenn.
6 March 2013: The Transhumanist Reader, ed. Max More and Natasha Vita-More is now available for pre-order from Wiley-Blackwell. It contains my chapter: "The Great Transition: Ideas and Anxieties".
23 January 2012: I will be appearing at Embiggen Books in Melbourne on 2 February 2012, launching my new book Freedom of Religion and the Secular State with a talk about the principle of freedom of speech. Please RSVP to events (at) embiggenbooks (dot) com, call 03 9662 2062, or drop in to the shop in person.
Go here for an archive of earlier news.
Copyright © Russell Blackford, 2002-2013. All rights reserved. Site last updated 15 March 2013.