The winners of New Philosopher Writers’ Award XIX ‘Life’ are: Winner: Australian academic and last quarter’s runner-up Phiona Stanley for…
What do you doubt most?
If you could change one thing about the world, what would that be?
What illusion do you suffer from?
The illusion that I don’t suffer from illusions.
What is your demon?
What is the most important part of your education?
Realising that I know less and less about more and more.
What influence has fame had on you?
Well, it’s got me lots of hate mail.
If you could choose, what would you have for your last meal?
A packet of Rice Bubbles, which I’d eat very, very slowly. One at a time.
What is your motto?
‘The situation is hopeless. We must take the next step.’ Pablo Casals.
What does ‘property’ mean to you?
Your favourite word?
Which thinker has had the greatest influence on your life?
Barry Jones. What are friends for?
What is a good death?
One that’s a long, long, long, long way off.
What is the meaning of life?
Existence has no author, purpose or destiny. The meaning of life is whatever you choose it to be.
Phillip Adams is a broadcaster, writer, film-maker, and presenter of Late Night Live on ABC Radio National.