A Soul for Australia? (PDF)
Fosco speaks as a member of Post-Christian Society that has emerged from the Great Walk-Out from established religion but as one who cannot subscribe to the Economic Myth of Rational Humanism. Fosco’s text, which he dubs My Reality, is republished in this volume, accompanied by six exploratory essays, ranging from the supportive to the dismissive, which seek to open up debate on the issues which he poses. Can we work towards a society in which humane values prevail, or must we accept that ours is, for lack of a better, the best of possible worlds? “Wildly eccentric, imaginative and searingly polemical, Fosco Antonio’s My Reality inquires whether modern Australia has a soul and, if it does, what the contours of that soul might be. The accompanying essays written by intellectuals from various cultural perspectives, explore Antonio’s extraordinary book and its implications for postmodern multicultural life in the Antipodes. A mind-expanding read all-round!” Richard Freadman Retired Professor of English and Director, Unit for Studies in Biography and Autobiography La Trobe University
John Gatt-Rutter is Maltese by birth and has spent a lifetime in Italian studies. He has written books on writers as different as Italo Svevo (1861-1928) and Oriana Fallaci (1929-2006). He has recently published The Bilingual Cockatoo: Writing Italian Australian lives.
Peter Willis has researched the relationship between adult learning & the quest for meaning and humanism in civil society. He is currently the acting director of the Australian Centre for Convivial Backyard Civilisation (ACCBC). Recent writings are: Existential Approach to Transformative Learning and Learning life from Illness stories.
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