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THE ETHICS OF... Conversation


WED 27 MARCH 2024
6:30pm – 7:30pm AEDT


In person event is SOLD OUT
The Ethics Centre
Level 1, 161 Castlereagh St
Sydney, 2000


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Shame is something we have all experienced at some point. Of all the moral emotions, it can be the most destructive to a healthy sense of self.

But what is shame? Could it ever serve a useful purpose? Do we ever deserve to feel shame? Do we have a right to shame others? What about feeling shame without feeling guilt, or without being guilty? When does being shamed go too far?

The Ethics Centre’s Senior Philosopher Dr Tim Dean will delve deep into why we feel shame and what role it has in our ethical world. He will be joined by special guest, broadcaster and creative entrepreneur Libbi Gorr – to reflect on having the “dubious honour of being cancelled before cancelling was invented”.

This event is part of a series which includes The Ethics Beauty on 29 February and The Ethics of Power on 14 March. 

Event live stream will be available to watch on demand for up to 14 days post-event. 

About 'The Ethics Of...'

‘The Ethics of…’ is an event series where we freely examine the experiences, hopes and challenges that make us truly human; from the good to the bad and everything in between. Each event is an intimate conversation, led by a philosopher, with opportunities for the audience to share their experiences, views and learn from each other. Join us for this important and interactive event, held both in person and livestreamed, about the ways we connect with each other.

This series is supported by NSW Government through Create NSW.


Dr Tim Dean

Tim is a public philosopher, speaker and writer. He has a Doctorate in philosophy from the University of New South Wales on the evolution of morality and specialises in public philosophy, ethics and critical thinking. He is an Honorary Associate at the University of Sydney and the author of How We Became Human. He is the recipient of the Australasian Association of Philosophy Media Professionals’ Award for his work on philosophy in the public sphere.


Libbi Gorr

Libbi Gorr is the Breakfast Host on the National Digital radio Station, Disrupt.radio. She works as a writer, journalist, broadcaster, performer and show business – she is a pioneer creative entrepreneur. She graduated in Law and Arts at the University of Melbourne but not before falling into comedy with girl group The Hot Bagels and The Law Revue. Then Barrie Koskie cast her as Lady Macbeth, throwing in some drama. A comedy with a thirst for social issues led Libbi into the creation of the iconic Elle McFeast. As Elle, Libbi was the first woman to host her own sports tonight show with Live & Sweaty and The Politics with McFeast: Live from the Bowels of Parliament House and numerous award-winning social specials on the ABC and Network 10. Libbi has the dubious honour of being cancelled before cancelling was invented through her iconic interview with Mark Brandon Chopper Read. Libbi found refuge with the ABC Radio Melbourne broadcast team for 10 years, made special reports for ABC 7.30, ABC News Breakfast and News and International Women’s Day and was an inaugural member of the AFLW advisory group. Libbi is an advocate for equality and social justice and her work continues to be infused with her trademark wit, warmth and humour.