Selected Essays and Journalism
Denial of the Best of the West, The Australian, Saturday June 9, 2018.
The Birth of Meaning, The Australian, Saturday December 23, 2017.
Why We Still Love Getting Married, The Australian, Saturday November 11, 2017.
Anguish Exquisite for Weilders of 18C, The Australian, Saturday November 5, 2016.
Paris Turns In on Itself, The Australian, Saturday September 3, 2016.
Australia Day: Laconic Patriotism is Best, The Australian, Saturday January 23, 2016.
Renaissance Melodrama Fouls the Air: the Essendon Drugs Saga, The Australian, Saturday December 26, 2015.
Pop Renaissance, The Australian, Saturday October 31, 2015.
Big and ugly: the new towers ruining Melbourne’s skyline, The Age, Friday October 2, 2015.
Why the West wants to lose, The Australian, Saturday September 26, 2015.
Answering the Islamist Threat to Social Cohesion, Quadrant, November 2017.
Dr Johnson and the Great Anglo Tradition, Quadrant, December 2016.
Authenticity in Question, Society, Vol. 52, no. 6, November 2015.
Renaissance in Popular Culture, Quadrant, November 2015.
Why the West Wants to Lose, Quadrant, September 2015.
How I Became a Political Conservative. A Memoir.Quadrant, May 2015.
Death and the Modern Imagination, Society, vol. 51, no. 5, October 2014.
Reflections on Violence: Three Theses, Society, vol. 49, no. 2, 2012, pp. 182-6.
English Riots, 2011, Thesis Eleven, no. 109, April 2012, pp. 24-8.
Beauty Contra God, Has Aesthetics Replaced Religion in Modernity, Journal of Sociology, vol. 48, no. 2, June 2012, pp. 206-223.
Telling Stories About Jesus: A Conversation between John Carroll and Keith Tester, Cultural Sociology, vol. 4 (3), 2010, pp. 379-394.
The Art of Education, Thesis Eleven, no. 100, February 2010, pp. 31-6.
The Tragicomedy of Celebrity, Society, vol. 47, no. 6, 2010, pp. 489-92.
Post-September 11 Australia, Society, vol. 43, no. 4 (May/June 2006), pp. 73-5.
Universal Rights, Singular Culture: on the Clash of Civilisations, Irish Journal of Sociology, vol. 15, no. 1 (June 2006), pp. 99-105.
Develop the North, Griffith Review, no. 9 (Spring 2005), pp. 177-8.
Fundamentalism, Griffith Review, no.7 (Autumn 2005), pp. 46-48.
A Response to Bain Atwood’s ‘Whose Dreaming?’, History Australia, vol.1, no.2 (July 2004), pp.293-4.
Poussin Paintings—Narrative Readings
The Plague of Ashdod (Quadrant, June 1994).
Landscape with the Ashes of Phocion (Quadrant, July 1997).
Landscape with Orpheus and Eurydice (Quadrant, March 1996).
Selected Book Chapters
The Blessed Country—Australian Dreaming 1901-2001, in Alfred Deakin Lectures—2001, ABC Books, Sydney, 2001, pp. 101-22.
Afterword, The Courses of the Royal Melbourne Golf Club, Melbourne University Press, 2011. ROYAL MELBOURNE GOLF COURSE
The State and Fading Community, in Jeremy Beer (ed.): Robert Nisbet’s Quest for Community, ISI Books, Wilmington, 2010.
Zygmunt Bauman—Mortality and Culture, in Michael Hviid Jacobsen, Sophia Marshman & Keith Tester (ed.): BaumanBeyond Postmodernity, Aalborg University Press, Denmark, 2007, pp. 143-7.
Rieff, Philip, in Justin Wintle (ed.): New Makers of Modern Culture, Routledge, London and New York, 2007, vol. 2, pp. 1268-9.
Nietzsche, Friedrich, in Justin Wintle (ed.): New Makers of Modern Culture, Routledge, London and New York, 2007, vol. 2, pp. 1115-19.
Singular Culture; Universal Rights, in Marele Day, Susan Bradley-Smith, Fay Knight (eds.): Making Waves—Ten Years of the Byron Bay Festival, UQP, Brisbane, 2006, pp. 96-105.
Let’s Reclaim the Game, in Peter Craven: Best Australian Essays—2000, Oxford University Press, Melbourne, 2000.
The Social Value of Sport and the Search for Meaning, in John Squires (ed.): A Fair Go for All? Current Issues in Australian Sports Ethics, New College Institute for Values Research, Sydney, 2000, pp.28-49.
The Authority to Teach, in Ken Baker (ed.): The Ethics of Teaching and Learning, IPA, Melbourne, 1993, pp. 3-8.
Liberalism in Tension with Culture, in Gordon L. Anderson (ed.): Morality and Religion in Liberal Democratic Societies, Paragon, New York, 1992, pp. 251-8.
Comments on Existentialism, ABC broadcast included in Max Charlesworth, (ed.): The Existentialists and Jean-Paul Sartre, Uni of Queensland Press, 1975, pp. 10-11, 18-21, 28-9; republished George Prior, London, 1976.
Selected Earlier Articles
Twin Towers revisited: A Cultural Interpretation of Modern Terrorism, Australian Army Journal, Vol.1, no.2 (December 2003), pp.59-65.
Reality Television, Australian Book Review, no.234 (September 2001), pp. 15-16.
Corporate Carnivores, AQ—Journal of Contemporary Analysis, vol.74, no.4 (August-September 2000), pp. 18-20.
The Middle-Class Quake, The Australian’s Review of Books, vol. 2, no. 1 (Feb. 1997), pp.18-19.
What Poussin Knew, Quadrant, vol. 41, no. 7-8 (July 1997), pp. 46-52.
John Wayne’s West, Quadrant, vol. 41, no. 10 (Nov. 1997), pp.26-30.
Male and Female—a Timeless Discord: Poussin’s Orpheus and Eurydice, Quadrant, vol. 40, no.3 (March 1996), pp. 46-53.
Against Free-Will, The Salisbury Review, vol. 13, no. 4 (June 1995), pp. 10-14.
Visiting Yuendumu, Quadrant, vol. 39, no. 10 (October 1995), pp. 19-22.
Nicolas Poussin, 400th Anniversary: The Plague of Ashdod, Quadrant, vol. 38, no. 6 (June 1994), pp. 26-33.
Some Reflections on the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Quadrant, vol. 38, no. 11 (Nov. 1994), pp. 49-54.
Male and Female, Quadrant, vol. 35, no. 12 (Dec. 1991), pp. 21-6; reprinted The Salisbury Review, Sept. 1992.
Dead Poets’ Society and our Times, Quadrant, vol. 34 no. 7 (March 1990), pp. 37-41. Dead Poets
The Need for Hierarchy, Quadrant, vol. 34, no. 7 (July 1990), pp. 40-3.
With the Death of God is Everything Permitted?, The Salisbury Review, vol. 9, no. 2 (Dec. 1990), pp. 18-27.
The New Parliament House, Quadrant, vol. 33, no. 3 (March 1989), pp. 30-5.
C.E.W. Bean and 1988, Quadrant, vol. 32, no. 6 (June 1988), pp. 47-9.
The Post-Humanist University: Three Theses, The Salisbury Review, vol. 7, no. 2 (Dec. 1988), pp. 20-25.
The Profane, the Immoral and the Mission of Sociology, Revue Internationale de Sociologie/International Review of Sociology, No. 3, 1987, pp. 102-116.
Australian Foundation: Original Sin or Paradise Regained, Quadrant, vol. 31, no. 5 (May 1987), pp. 10-13.
‘Where Ignorant Armies Clash by Night’—On the Retreat of Faith and Its Consequences, Conversazione, Seminar on the Sociology of Culture, La Trobe University, 1986, pp. 1-13.
Sport: Virtue and Grace, Theory, Culture and Society, vol. 13, no. 1 (1986), pp. 91-8.
The Battle for Sir Robert Menzies, Quadrant, vol. 29, no. 1 (Jan. 1985), pp. 66-70.
The Politics of Culture, The Salisbury Review, vol. 3, no. 4 (July 1985), pp. 33-8.
The Role of Guilt in the Formation of Ancient Judaism, La Trobe University Sociology Papers, no. 13, June 1984, pp. 1-20.
The Role of Guilt in the Formation of Modern Society: England 1350-1800, British Journal of Sociology, vol. 32, no. 4 (Dec. 1981), pp. 459-503
The British Decline—a Sociological View, Quadrant, vol. 24, no. 12 (Dec. 1980), pp. 19-21.
George Steiner and Cambridge English, Meanjin, vol. 32, no. 3 (Sept. 1973), pp. 318-22.
Pareto’s Irrationalism, Sociology, vol. 7, no. 3 (Sept. 1973), pp. 327-40.