Does freedom mean we're really free?

11 August 2008

At Sydney Ideas, Clive Hamilton will explore whether or not freedom equals fulfillment.
At Sydney Ideas, Clive Hamilton will explore whether or not freedom equals fulfillment.

Prominent Canberra-based thinker and best-selling author Clive Hamilton will discuss how wealth and freedom hasn't brought true fulfilment to affluent societies when he speaks at the University of Sydney tomorrow night.

In his Sydney Ideas lecture titled "The Freedom Paradox", which is based on his new book The Freedom Paradox: Towards a Post-Secular Ethics (Allen & Unwin), Hamilton will expose the very personal negative impacts of prosperity, the liberation movement, consumerism, and the endless choices of a modern marketing culture.

In what promises to be a provocative lecture at the University's Eastern Avenue Auditorium, the leading commentator will argue that the paradox of modern consumer life is that most people are deprived of their own personal freedom because they have become slaves to their own desires.

Hamilton will explore the concept of "inner freedom" - the extent to which people are guided by their own considered will rather than momentary circumstance. Hamilton says that citizens of rich countries will only be able to lead meaningful and moral lives when they rely on this inner freedom.

Clive Hamilton is the bestselling author of Growth Fetish, co-author of Affluenza and co-editor of Silencing Dissent. He was recently appointed Professor of Public Ethics at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics, a joint centre of the Australian National University, Charles Sturt University and the University of Melbourne. Previously, he was the founder, and executive director (for 14 years) of Canberra-based think-tank The Australia Institute.

This Sydney Ideas event is co-presented with Gleebooks.

Event details:

What: The Freedom Paradox - Clive Hamilton at Sydney Ideas, the University of Sydney's international public lecture series.

When: 6.30pm on Tuesday, 12 August, 2008

Where: The Eastern Avenue Auditorium, Eastern Avenue (off City Road), The University of Sydney. (PLEASE NOTE: This lecture will NOT be at the Seymour Theatre Centre.)

Cost: $20/$15 concession. A limited number of free tickets are available for University of Sydney students and staff.

Bookings: Online or (02) 9351 7940

Contact: Katrina O'Brien

Phone: 02 9036 7842

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