This essay was undertaken by one among six contributors to a shared project. Three Christians and three others had agreed that chapter 15 - 'The Imminent Frame' - of Charles Taylor's massive A Secular Age would serve as a reference point for their project: to explore how they might cooperatively envisage a way into the future.
In the course of their consideration of Charles Taylor's A Secular Age, the six contributors to this project agreed that their essays should focus in part on the implications of Taylor's work for outlining a way into the future.
Four articles by Geoff Sharp from Arena issues between 1968 and 1992, in PDF format: 'Features of the Intellectually Trained', 'Intellectuals in Transition', 'Constitutive Abstraction and Social Practice', and 'Intellectual Interchange and Social Practice'
Noel Pearson, as Indigenous activist and intellectual, has consolidated his national prominence of late; some even suggest that he is on course to emulate Obama by moving on to seek election as a federal parliamentary figure.
Occasionally comments from the readers of 'Arena Magazine' so totally fail to understand our standpoint that the only way to respond is to leave aside many particular points and go to the root of their critical standpoint. This brief response to Boris Frankel's comment in this issue will follow that approach.
In early May the Prime Minister announced 'the greatest infrastructural development in Australian history' - the roll-out of a new national broadband system. Quite apart from the role of infrastructure development in stimulating recovery, the announcement was a declaration of Australia's way into the future, a direction with profound implications for the way future Australians would be constituted. Yes 'constituted', both by the changing social forms of their relations with one another and even, in…