Forthcoming book: LAND OF THE GOLDEN CITIES, Australia’s Exceptional Prosperity and the Culture that Made It. To be published late in 2016 by Wakefield, Adelaide.
22nd Fleeman Lecture
Dr Johnson and the Great Anglo Tradition
5:00 pm, Saturday 15th October
Tonic House, 386 Flinders Lane Melbourne (between Queen and Market Streets)
The Fleeman Lecture has been held annually since 1994 and was established in honour of Dr David Fleeman of Pembroke College, Oxford, one of the world’s leading Johnsonian scholars and subsequently author of the great Johnsonian bibliography and the society’s first patron.
This year’s Fleeman Lecturer in this distinguished series is John Carroll, Professor Emeritus of Sociology at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia. He has degrees in mathematics, economics and sociology from the universities of Melbourne and Cambridge. His work focuses on culture, and its crucial role in the human search for meaning, with particular reference to the modern Western society.
His recent books include: The Wreck of Western Culture—Humanism Revisited; The Existential Jesus; and Ego and Soul—the Modern West in Search of Meaning, His latest book Land of the Golden Cities—Australia’s Exceptional Prosperity and the Culture that Made It will be published this year .
In his Fleeman Lecture, titled ‘Dr Johnson and the Great Anglo Tradition’ he will be arguing that England produced the two things that have made the modern world: industrialisation and parliamentary democracy. It developed the language that has become universal. From Waterloo on, it has not lost a major war. A particular culture has framed this achievement, one projected by leading figures from Tyndale and Shakespeare to Darwin and Churchill. Dr Johnson has a special place in the Anglo pantheon.