Puzzling Australia

Murphy, Peter (2023) Puzzling Australia. Thesis Eleven, 179 (1). pp. 82-92.

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[Extract] I have known Peter Beilharz since 1983. We first met in post-graduate intellectual circles in Melbourne. For 30 of those 40 years I worked with Peter as a co-editor of the social theory journal Thesis Eleven from 1990 to 2020. So, I got to know Peter’s intellectual style pretty well. We generally had cordial relations but sometimes the relations were frosty. In our case the differences that we had were more political than they were clashes of personality, though there was some of the latter as well. Simply put, we did not see eye to eye politically. I’m a liberal conservative in the Winston Churchill mode and a sceptical observer of life. Peter is an unabashed social democrat. There is not a lot of common ground between the two. In our case the twain did not meet. Although in certain ways it did meet, adding spice to the story. This article is an account from my side of that ambivalence. Peter I’m sure will have his own views.

Item ID: 81486
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1461-7455
Keywords: Beilharz, social theory, Australia
Copyright Information: © The Author(s) 2023.
Date Deposited: 01 Jan 2024 23:50
FoR Codes: 44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4410 Sociology > 441005 Social theory @ 100%
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