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Damon is a philosopher and writer. He is the author/editor of twelve books, including The Art of Reading, How to Think About Exercise, Philosophy in the Garden, and Distraction. Damon’s books have been published internationally in eleven languages, and he has also written poetry and short fiction.

Damon is a prolific newspaper columnist and radio guest, and recently presented the popular series “Philosophy Espresso” on ABC Radio National. He also won the AAP media prize for his work as a public intellectual.

He also once played a mafia thug in a Jackie Chan film, and is a keen historical fencer.

Stay up to date with Damon on Twitter.


Damon Young: How to think about exercise

Damon Young: Distraction – a philosopher’s guide to being free’ at Mind & Its Potential 2013




Damon Young has been a wonderful part of Sydney Writers’ Festival across various years – he’s incredibly eloquent and warm and audiences love him.

—Jemma Birrell, former Director, Sydney Writers Festival

Damon…is an irresistible enthusiast, educator and entertainer who always leaves audiences with something new to think over!

—Donica Bettanin, Ubud Writers Festival, Indonesia

Damon presents a thrilling and engaging performance from a range of storytelling to illustrating.

—Coralie Tapper, Byron Writers Festival

Damon…was incredibly engaging and versatile, speaking on philosophy, gardens, exercise, and super hero comics. He also entertained a group of enthralled young children reading from his picture book.


—Rachael King, Director, Christchurch Writers Festival, NZ

Damon’s teaching style is thorough, thoughtful and enthusiastic. His work and manner engage and educate audiences and writing students alike.

—Kate Larsen, former Director, Writers Victoria

Damon Young is one of few modern philosophers who can captivate an audience with wit, humour and passion matching the power of his written word.

—Megan Sheehy, Former Director, The School of Life, Melbourne

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