Sydney Ideas event with Jonathan Fenby , 18 September 2014 -  China’s rise has been the most important global event since the end of the Cold War and has led to forecasts that it is destined to rule the world. Following the publication of his...

By Robert Lamb Beneath all the lachrymose histrionics, the excuses and claims about the false consciousness of those oppressed by the English, the plain and indisputable fact is that Scots rejected the prospect of separating from the United Kingdom spectacularly: 55% said no, against 45% yes. Referendum...

By John Keane Pushed and pulled in different directions by government policies and market forces, modern universities try hard to be public institutions for the public good. Fond of proclamations, their efforts are impressive - sources of hope in times when many people feel things are...

By John Keane The following remarks were presented at a recent public forum in Sydney to celebrate the launch of Kerry Brown’s Carnival China: The People’s Republic in the era of Hu Jintao; Essays on Politics, Society and Culture. They tackle the issue of how best...

By Nik Taylor, Flinders University The traditional point of view in western intellectual thought – and one which is reflected in our own day-to–day views – is that of human exceptionalism, or anthropocentrism: the belief that humans are the central and most important beings on the...

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