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Circle Of Chairs

Tim Dean, Kelly Hamilton, Simon Longstaff, Paul-Mikhail Catapang Podosky
Free // Multiple sessions
Sun 18 September 1:15pm
Unpick modern life’s most dangerous ethical dilemmas, together.

The Ethics Centre invites festival goers to take up a chair and sit shoulder to shoulder with leading philosophers Simon Longstaff, Tim Dean, Paul-Mikhail Catapang Podosky and Kelly Hamilton, who will be joined by special guest conversationalists to engage and talk together on some of modern life’s most dangerous ethical dilemmas. Will you agree with your fellow FODI attendees’ views? You are welcome to join in or simply watch the guided conversations unfold as together we examine how we are really feeling, doing and thinking. 

Circle of Chairs sessions have no age restriction; adult themes may be discussed and adult language may be used, please use your discretion.

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A safe space for dangerous conversations.
Tim Dean

Tim Dean

Dr Tim Dean is Senior Philosopher at The Ethics Centre and author of How We Became Human: And Why We Need to Change.


Kelly Hamilton

Kelly Hamilton received her Master’s degree from Rhodes University (South Africa), and her Doctorate from Macquarie University. Her research is in moral psychology, with a particular interest in group emotions. Her initial focus was on collective forgiveness, thinking about the role of forgiveness in the reconciliation process in post-Apartheid South Africa. She now works on collective guilt and what it means for groups to feel emotions. She has taught at multiple universities in Sydney, but primarily teaches ethics to undergraduates at Macquarie University. She also regularly serves as a judge for the Ethics Olympiad, an international competition for school children across Australia and the world.


Simon Longstaff


Simon Longstaff began his working life on Groote Eylandt in the Northern Territory of Australia. He is proud of his kinship ties to the Anindilyakwa people. After a period studying law in Sydney and teaching in Tasmania, he pursued postgraduate studies as a Member of Magdalene College, Cambridge. In 1991, Simon commenced his work as the first Executive Director of The Ethics Centre. In 2013, he was made an officer of the Order of Australia (AO) for “distinguished service to the community through the promotion of ethical standards in governance and business, to improving corporate responsibility, and to philosophy.” Simon is an Adjunct Professor of the Australian Graduate School of Management at UNSW, a Fellow of CPA Australia, the Royal Society of NSW and the Australian Risk Policy Institute.


Paul-Mikhail Catapang Podosky

Paul-Mikhail Catapang Podosky (he/they) is a Filipinx philosopher, passionate about all things related to human drama. His research investigates the limits of conceptual engineering as a tool for promoting social justice, and in the critical philosophy of race and gender, he explores the politics of classification, with a specific focus on mixed-race identity. Previously, he was Global Perspectives on Society Fellow at New York University, and he is presently Lecturer in Philosophy at Macquarie University. For more on Paul, go to