Russell Blackford

University of Newcastle · Newcastle, New South Wales

Russell Blackford is a philosopher, literary critic, and freelance writer (his professional fiction credits include The New John Connor Chronicles, a trilogy of novels written for the Terminator franchise). His formal qualifications include First Class Honours degrees in Arts and Law, and separate PhDs in philosophy and English literature. Dr Blackford is editor-in-chief of The Journal of Evolution and Technology and co-editor (with Udo Schuklenk) of 50 Voices of Disbelief: Why We Are Atheists (Wiley-Blackwell, 2009). He is author of Freedom of Religion and the Secular State (2012), Humanity Enhanced: Genetic Choice and the Challenge for Liberal Democracies (2014), The Mystery of Moral Authority (2016), and Science Fiction and the Moral Imagination: Visions, Minds, Ethics (2017).

He writes a regular op.ed. column for Free Inquiry, and is a Fellow with the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies. He is the author of numerous book chapters and peer-reviewed journal articles in his areas of expertise. His special interests include bioethics (including debates about enhancement technologies), philosophy of law, philosophy of religion, the science fiction genre of literature and film, and free speech issues (especially as they relate to contemporary debates about religion and atheism). In recent years, he has taught in a wide variety of courses across the philosophy and bioethics curriculum at Monash University. He is currently a Conjoint Senior Lecturer in the School of Humanities and Social Science, University of Newcastle.

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Topics: Media, Philosophy
Subtopics: Atheist/secular movement, Ethics & morality, History of atheism/secularism, Journalism, Leaving religion, Meaning of life

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