I am a philosopher, legal scholar, literary critic - and a widely published author and editor - based at the University of Newcastle, New South Wales.
My qualifications include first class honours degrees in Arts (University of Newcastle) and Law (University of Melbourne) and separate PhDs in English Literature (University of Newcastle) and Philosophy (Monash University).
My most recent books are:
* 50 Voices of Disbelief: Why We Are Atheists (Wiley-Blackwell, 2009; co-edited with Udo Schuklenk).
* Freedom of Religion and the Secular State (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012).
* 50 Great Myths About Atheism (Wiley-Blackwell, 2013; co-authored with Udo Schuklenk).
* Humanity Enhanced: Genetic Choice and the Challenge for Liberal Democracies (MIT Press, 2014).
* Intelligence Unbound: The Future of Uploaded and Machine Minds (Wiley-Blackwell, 2014; co-edited with Damien Broderick).
* The Mystery of Moral Authority (Palgrave Pivot, 2016).
With Dr. Damien Broderick, I am currently working on another edited collection dealing with the problem of philosophical progress.
I am a prolific, widely published essayist and commentator with interests including legal, political, and moral philosophy; philosophical bioethics; philosophy of religion; and debates involving visions of the human future.
I am a Fellow of the Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies, and Editor-in-Chief of its flagship peer-reviewed journal: The Journal of Evolution and Technology. In 2014, I was inducted as a Laureate of the International Academy of Humanism.
I'm a frequent contributor to Free Inquiry (where I have a regular op-ed column), The Philosophers' Magazine, New Philosopher, and the Cogito philosophy blog (hosted by The Conversation).
I'm 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 free-to-air television in Australia. (My team won the debate convincingly!) Other major appearances in recent years have included presentations at The Amazing Meeting in Las Vegas in 2013 and the World Humanist Congress in Oxford in 2014. I have also spoken at many academic conferences, seminars, etc., and at many conventions of one or another kind.
I have also had some success as a science fiction and fantasy author, including my fantasy story "The Sword of God" (which won both a Ditmar Award and Aurealis Award in 1997) and an original trilogy of novels (Terminator 2: The New John Connor Chronicles) written for the Terminator franchise. I have won the William Atheling, Jr., Award for Criticism and Review (in the fantasy and science fiction field) on three occasions, including for my co-authored book Strange Constellations: A History of Australian Science Fiction (Greenwood Press, 1999; co-authored with Van Ikin and Sean McMullen).
I also have a page at Academia.edu, where I have uploaded some of my published work. You can check out my personal website - www.russellblackford.com - or my staff profile at the University of Newcastle.