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Damon Young
Full name Damon Young
Born 1975
Era Contemporary philosophy
Region Western Philosophy
School Continental philosophy
Main interests Aesthetics, Asian Philosophy, Rights, Democracy, Spirituality, Environmental Philosophy, Martial Arts
Notable ideas Philosophy of Distraction

Damon Young (born 1975, Melbourne) is a philosopher, author and commentator.[1] He is an Honourary Fellow in Philosophy at the University of Melbourne.[2]



Young is a philosopher, author and commentator. He has also published works of poetry and fiction. His book Distraction: A Philosopher's Guide to Being Free was published in 2008. His next book, also for Melbourne University Publishing, will be published in 2011.

He has appeared regularly on public and commercial radio. Young was recently on Channel 7's 'Sunrise', discussing the virtues of the martial arts.

Young often lectures for schools and public institutions, including the National Gallery of Victoria, Malthouse Theatre, Geelong Grammar School, and Methodist Ladies' College.

Selected works

A full list of Young's published works and media appearances can be found at his website.[3]



Recent Essays and Opinion

  • 'Reality she wrote: Austen's top tips', Sydney Morning Herald (7/7/09), p.13.
  • 'Your numbers may never come up, but dream on', The Age (2/7/09), p.13.
  • 'To be relevant today, that is the dilemma', The Age (19/5/09), p.11.
  • 'Channel the rage', Sydney Morning Herald (22/4/09), p.13.
  • 'Sweetest tastes of Easter are not found in chocolate eggs', Herald-Sun (11/4/09), p.88.
  • 'Seasonal magic of creating happiness', Herald-Sun (25/12/08), p.11.
  • 'Merry Hell', Weekend Australian Magazine (20/12/08), p.8.
  • 'Here's a radical thought - turn off the TV and tune into life', The Age (24/11/08), p.13.
  • 'iPod down, stand up for a lady', Herald-Sun (17/11/08), p.20.
  • 'On Fiction and Philosophy', Meanjin' 67 4 (2008), 121-4.
  • 'Lives Driven to Distraction', Herald-Sun, (22/10/08), p.20.
  • 'Life Comes Unstuck in a BlackBerry Jam', The Age, A2 (6/9/08), p.11.
  • 'Driven by Distraction', The Age, A2 (5/7/08), p.13.
  • 'The Languorous Siesta: On Summer Reading', Meanjin 66 4/67 1 (2007/8): 62-8.
  • 'Sparta for Our Times: Why 300 in 2007?', Meanjin 66 2 (2007): 174-8.
  • 'Faith Without God: Kazantzakis and Faith', Meanjin 65 4 (2006).
  • 'Facing Nietzsche's Demon', Meanjin 64 3 (2005): 15-19.


  • 'The Idea of a Great Gallery', Overland 179 (2005): 41.
  • 'Howard Watches the Oscars and Weeps With Joy', Overland 174 (2004): 124.


  • 'The Lesson', Meanjin 67 4 (2008), pp. 128-35.

Recent Academic essays

  • 'Bowing to Your Enemies: Courtesy, Budo and Japan', Philosophy East and West 59 2 (2009): 188-215.
  • 'The Fine Arts of Distinction: Bourdieu on Society and Art', The Australian and New Zealand Journal of Art 7 2 (2006).
  • 'Being Grateful for Being: Being, Reverence and Finitude', Sophia 44 2 (2005): 31-53.



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