Tradition and Dissent

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Melbourne University Press, 1997 - Philosophy - 272 pages
In this collection of his speeches and addresses, Dr. Davis McCaughey challenges our perceptions of what tradition and dissent mean to each of us. Freedom to dissent is part of the tradition that we have inherited.
Dr. McCaughey surveys our inherited traditions (including that of the Crown), discusses the meaning of, the freedom to and the present need for dissent, and discourses on topics such as accountability in learned institutions and universities, and ethical issues such as euthanasia and responsibilities in a nuclear age. Dr. McCaughey's observations are illuminating and engaging, intelligent and critical, encouraging and challenging. He writes with authority and wisdom on matters of vital importance for our national self-understanding.
In speaking at the commemorations for many notable traditionalists and dissenters, among them intellectual and social leaders of Australia, and in Anzac Day addresses, Dr. McCaughey reminds us of the continuing need to honour and support those among us who see the need for both tradition and dissent.

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About the author (1997)

Dr. Davis McCaughey's distinguished career has included serving in such positions as President of the First Assembly of the Uniting Church in Australia, Master of Ormond College, a Deputy Chancellor of the University of Melbourne, and Governor of Victoria.

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