Media Commentary

10285811_959929047373468_4242219672532414186_oI occasionally weigh into public debate as a media commentator on subjects of ethics and moral philosophy. I’ve published opinion pieces with a number of media outlets including The Age, The Canberra Times, ABC Religion and Ethics, The Drum, The Guardian, andThe Conversation, where I’m a regular columnist for Cogito. I’ve also provided commentary on local and national radio and been a guest panelist on the television show The Moral Compass. A full list of appearances (with links where possible) is available below.

‘Extreme ethics: should we tolerate extremist thinking?’, Ethics.org.au, 18 August 2015, http://www.ethics.org.au/on-ethics/our-blog/august-2015/extreme-ethics-should-we-tolerate-extremist-thinki

‘Bioethics is a moral imperative: a reply to Steven Pinker’, The Conversation, 31 July 2015, https://theconversation.com/bioethics-is-a-moral-imperative-a-reply-to-steven-pinker-45594 

‘OK, so you think you’re a vampire. Whose job is it to tell you you’re not?’, The Guardian, 31 July 2015, http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/jul/31/ok-so-you-think-youre-a-vampire-whose-job-is-it-to-tell-you-youre-not

‘Arrow and philosophy, part three: homecoming and combat trauma’, The Conversation, 30 July 2015, https://theconversation.com/arrow-and-philosophy-part-3-homecoming-and-combat-trauma-45386

‘I triggered my audience whilst lecturing on PTSD. Here’s what I learned’, The Guardian, 15 July 2015,  http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/jul/15/i-triggered-my-audience-while-lecturing-on-ptsd-heres-what-i-learned

‘Ethics isn’t just useful, it’s our only hope for moral progress’, The Drum, 10 July 2015, http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-07-10/beard-ethics-and-moral-progress/6610996

‘Arrow and philosophy, part two: the morality of killing and violence’, The Conversation, 29 June 2015, https://theconversation.com/arrow-and-philosophy-part-two-the-morality-of-killing-and-violence-44020

Radio interview with Lindra Mottram on the ethics of the appearance of Zaky Mallah on ABC’s Q&A program, ABC 702, June 24 2015

‘Hiding ethics classes from parents is bad faith’, The Conversation, 23 June 2015, https://theconversation.com/hiding-ethics-classes-from-parents-is-bad-faith-43693

‘How should we think about war? Understanding Just War Theory’, 22 June 2015, https://theconversation.com/how-should-we-think-about-war-understanding-just-war-theory-40321

‘The Arrow and philosophy, part one: the ethics of vigilantism’, The Conversation, 17 June 2015, https://theconversation.com/the-arrow-and-philosophy-part-one-the-morality-of-vigilantism-43355

‘The examined life: why philosophy needs to engage with the world, but hasn’t’, The Conversation, 8 June 2015, https://theconversation.com/the-examined-life-why-philosophy-needs-to-engage-with-the-world-but-hasnt-42933

‘Finding happiness means knowing where to look’, ABC The Drum, 22 May 2015, http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-05-22/beard-finding-happiness-means-knowing-where-to-look/6490194

‘Love me, Tinder: How Dating Apps are Killing Romance’, ABC Religion and Ethics, 19 March 2015 http://www.abc.net.au/religion/articles/2015/03/19/4200955.htm

– Republished on Mercatornet as ‘Love me tinder, love me true’, http://www.mercatornet.com/articles/view/love-me-tinder-love-me-true

Radio interview: the Ethics of Online Dating on ‘Evenings with Pallavi Sinha’, ABC Local, 17 March 2015

Invited panelist, ‘The Ethics of Online Dating’, St. James Ethics Centre, 17 March 2015

Bali 9 Executions: don’t stand for mercy, stand for justice, Canberra Times, 6 March 2015 (also in print), http://www.canberratimes.com.au/comment/bali-9-executions-dont-stand-for-mercy–stand-for-justice-20150306-13x0sa.html

Interviewee, ‘The Ethics of the War on Terror’, Eureka Street, Vol. 25, No. 3, 17 February 2015, http://eurekastreet.com.au/article.aspx?aeid=42601#.VOvVnPmUd8E

Interviewee, ‘American Sniper murder trial highlights problems facing traumatised military veterans’, ABC The World Today, 12/2/15, http://www.abc.net.au/worldtoday/content/2015/s4178618.htm

‘It’s a Hell of a Thing’: American Sniper and the True Cost of Killing’, ABC Religion and Ethics, 11/2/15, http://www.abc.net.au/religion/articles/2015/02/11/4178104.htm

‘The moral life might seem boring, but it takes imagination to live it’, The Conversation, 7/1/15, https://theconversation.com/the-moral-life-might-seem-boring-but-it-takes-imagination-to-live-it-34645

‘Love, wisdom and wonder: three reasons to celebrate philosophy’ The Conversation, 20/11/2014, https://theconversation.com/love-wisdom-and-wonder-three-reasons-to-celebrate-philosophy-34477

‘Inside the mind of a torturer’ ABC The Drum, 10/10/14, http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-12-10/beard-cheney-defends-torture/5957372,

‘Confronting the Complexity of ‘Evil’ from Islamic State to Ebola’, ABC Religion and Ethics, 30/9/2014, http://www.abc.net.au/religion/articles/2014/09/30/4097428.htm,

Guest radio commentator, ABC Radio National Drive, 23/9/14, http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/drive/religion-and-ethics3a-freedom-vs-security/5764032

Guest radio commentator, Hope FM Open House, 19/09/14, http://openhousecommunity.com.au/2014/09/matthew-beard/

‘Free your mind – but are there ideas we shouldn’t contemplate?’ The Conversation, 15/9/14, https://theconversation.com/free-your-mind-but-are-there-ideas-we-shouldnt-contemplate-31337

‘What’s behind the spy ‘code of conduct’ between Australia and Indonesia?’ The Guardian, 28/8/14, http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/aug/28/whats-behind-the-spy-code-of-conduct-between-australia-and-indonesia

Guest panelist, ‘The Moral Compass,’ ABCTV, 31/8/14, http://www.abc.net.au/compass/moral-compass-4/default.htm

‘Gammy Chanbua and the Problem of Commodification of Persons’, ABC Religion and Ethics, 11/8/14, http://www.abc.net.au/religion/articles/2014/08/11/4064996.htm

‘Good Christian morality is better than bad science’, Eureka Street, 11/8/14, http://eurekastreet.com.au/article.aspx?aeid=41831#.U-2RrcWSx8

Guest radio commentator, Sundays with James O’ Loghlin, ABC Local, 10/8/14, http://www.abc.net.au/local/sundays/

‘Sacrificing Liberty in the Pursuit of Security’, ABC The Drum, 7/8/14, http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-08-06/beard-sacrificing-liberty-in-the-pursuit-of-security/5652516

‘Why the UN should send peacekeepers into Gaza’, Crikey, 4/8/14, http://www.crikey.com.au/2014/08/04/why-the-un-should-send-peacekeepers-into-gaza/

‘Blood, tears, and ethics in Gaza’, Eureka Street, 24/7/14, http://eurekastreet.com.au/article.aspx?aeid=41739#.U-2EecWSx8E

‘The world is burning, but remember our sympathy only goes so far,’ The Guardian Australia, 22/7/14, http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/jul/22/the-world-is-burning-but-remember-our-sympathy-goes-only-so-far?CMP=twt_gu

Guest radio commentator, ‘Ethicist warns of risk to Australia’s reputation,’ Radio New Zealand International, 17/7/14, http://www.radionz.co.nz/international/programmes/datelinepacific/audio/20142068/ethicist-warns-of-risk-to-australia’s-reputation

Guest panelist, ‘The Moral Compass,’ ABCTV, 13/7/14, http://iview.abc.net.au/programs/compass/RN1311H019S00

‘Accusations of Moral Blackmail are Cruelly Simple,’ The Drum, 9/7/14, http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-07-09/beard-accusations-of-moral-blackmail-are-cruelly-simple/5584826

Guest radio commentator, ABC Radio National Drive, 8/7/14, http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/drive/unintended-targets-caught-up-in-surveillance/5582392

‘The Virtue of Proportionate Response: Why Israel Must Resist Personal Vengeance,’ ABC Religion and Ethics, 3/7/14, http://www.abc.net.au/religion/articles/2014/07/03/4038274.htm

‘Honour Killings: Crossing the Line with a Dangerous Idea,’ The Age, 25/6/14, http://www.theage.com.au/comment/honour-killings-crossing-the-line-with-a-dangerous-idea-20140625-zslgv.html  (also in print)

‘Deserters aren’t born, but made: Bowe Bergdahl and moral injury,’ The Conversation, 17/6/14, https://theconversation.com/deserters-arent-born-but-made-bowe-bergdahl-and-moral-injury-27864

‘Disillusionment and Moral Injury: the Curious Case of Bowe Bergdahl’, ABC Religion and Ethics, 3/6/14, http://www.abc.net.au/religion/articles/2014/06/03/4017907.htm

Guest radio commentator, ABC Radio National Drive, 6/5/14, http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/drive/religion-and-ethics3a-media-moguls-melee-morals/5434592

‘Supporting Our Veterans: Moral Therapy in Civilian Life,’ ABC Religion and Ethics, 24/4/14, http://www.abc.net.au/religion/articles/2014/04/24/3991059.htm

‘War as Punishment: President Obama’s Syrian Solution’, ABC Religion and Ethics, 2/9/13, http://www.abc.net.au/religion/articles/2013/09/02/3838927.htm

‘An Interview with Chris Turner,’ University of Notre Dame Sydney Alumni Newsletter, 3/3/13, http://www.nd.edu.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0008/118718/ND0830_Alumni_Mag_May13_WEB.pdf

‘Cardinal numbers: what in God’s name is happening in the Sistine Chapel?’, The Conversation, 13/3/13, http://theconversation.edu.au/cardinal-numbers-what-in-gods-name-is-happening-in-the-sistine-chapel-12783

Guest radio commentator, Hack, triple j, 8/3/13, http://www.abc.net.au/triplej/media/mod/hck5.asx

‘NRL: more than Sharks in the water at Cronulla?’, The Conversation, 7/3/13, http://theconversation.edu.au/nrl-more-than-sharks-in-the-water-at-cronulla-12677

‘From religion to patriotism: how we see the death of the soldier’, The Conversation, 3/7/12, http://theconversation.edu.au/from-religion-to-patriotism-how-we-see-the-death-of-a-soldier-4838

‘Abbot’s nanny plan isn’t supercalifragilisticexpialidocious’, The Punch, 27/3/12, http://www.thepunch.com.au/articles/abbotts-nanny-proposal-isnt-supercalifragilisticexpialidocious/

‘The biggest bigots are the buggers who blame bigotry’, The Punch, 20/1/12, http://www.thepunch.com.au/articles/The-biggest-bigots-are-the-buggers-who-blame-bigotry/?from=scroller&pos=1&referrer=home&link=text

‘We don’t expect much from the youth so that’s what we get’, The Punch, 5/11/11, http://www.thepunch.com.au/articles/we-dont-expect-much-of-youth-so-thats-what-we-get/

‘Business or pleasure? Ryan Tandy and the NRL take the fun out of rugby league’, The Conversation, 18/10/11, https://theconversation.edu.au/business-or-pleasure-ryan-tandy-and-the-nrl-take-the-fun-out-of-rugby-league-3828

Interviewee, ‘The thinking man’s approach to university’, Sydney Morning Herald, 3/9/11, http://www.smh.com.au/national/postgraduate-education/the-thinking-mans-approach-to-university-20110902-1jnna.html

with Sandra Lynch, ‘Business Ethics: Paradox or Parable?’ AAPAE Newsletter, 1/12/2010, http://aapae.org.au/australian-ethics/business-ethics-paradox-or-parable/

with Ann-Marie Batten, ‘Honourable People,’ University of Notre Dame Sydney Alumni Newsletter, June 2010, http://www.nd.edu.au/downloads/sydney/alumni/alumnimag_june10.pdf

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