Religion and Politics -the new relevance

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RELIGION & POLITICS – the new relevance – a public forum with Professors Tony Coady and Brian Howe, held on 28 June 2007 at Newman College, Parkville

Professor Tony Coady is Deputy Director of the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics at The University of Melbourne. He has been a Visiting Lecturer and Visiting Fellow at numerous universities including Oxford and Cambridge, Princeton University and University of Maryland, and in 1999-2000 the United States Institute of Peace in Washington DC. He has published on Epistemology, Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Mind, Ethics and Political Philosophy. His book Testimony: A Philosophical Study was published in 1992.

Brian Howe A.M. is a Professorial Associate at the Centre for Public Policy at Melbourne University. Elected to the federal parliament in 1977 Brian represented the seat of Batman until 1996. Elected to the Ministry in 1983 and appointed to the Minister for Defense Support he subsequently served in social policy related Ministries including Social Security, Health and Housing. He was one of only four ministers who served continuously in the Hawke and Keating Ministries from 1983-1996. He was Deputy Prime Minister from 1991-1995. Since leaving politics in 1996 Brian has researched and taught social policy at Melbourne University. He is currently a member of the Board of the Australian and New Zealand School of Government and Chairman of Victorian-based Disability Housing Trust.

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