Matthew Beard

Dr. Matthew Beard is an ethicist and moral philosopher. He is currently an Adjunct Lecturer at UNSW Canberra’s School of Humanities and Social Sciences. Matthew was awarded his PhD from the University of Notre Dame Australia for a thesis entitled ‘War Rights and Military Virtues: A Philosophical Reappraisal of Just War Theory,’ and was the inaugural recipient of the Morris Research Scholarship from Notre Dame.

He has discussed subjects including military ethics, moral injury and PTSD, cyberwar, torture, and medical ethics amongst others in book chapters, scholarly articles, radio interviews, public opinion pieces, and at academic conferences both domestically and internationally.



Bioethics is a moral imperative, Mr Pinker!
4 Aug 2015 | FEATURES |  
tags: bioethics, philosophy, Steven Pinker
One of Harvard's stars wants to abolish words like dignity, sacredness, and social justice.


Understanding just war theory
25 Jun 2015 | FEATURES |  
tags: ethics of warfare, just war
Whether they realise it or not, most people support a theory first advanced by St Augustine in the 4th century.


Love me tinder, love me true
23 Mar 2015 | FEATURES |  
tags: dating app, dating websites, love, romance
The wildy popular dating app is corrupting romance.


Love, wisdom and wonder: three reasons to celebrate philosophy
21 Nov 2014 | FEATURES |  
tags: philosophy
Philosophy is born of the very basic human disposition toward asking questions.


Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
17 Jul 2005 | FEATURES |  
tags: Harry Potter
At 672 pages, the latest instalment in the Harry Potter series will be too short for diehard fans, says our high school reviewer.


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