Tim Dean is an award-winning philosopher, science writer, facilitator and the author of How We Became Human: And Why We Need to Change. He has spoken at conferences and delivered workshops across Australia and the Asia Pacific for the likes of Facebook, Commonwealth Bank, Aesop, Clayton Utz, Art Gallery of NSW, Ethics Centre, Banking Finance Oath and University of Sydney. He is a frequent guest on radio and television, appearing on Radio National, RNZ, 2GB, Q&A and The Project.
His work uses the tools of philosophy to understand human nature and how it influences us in both positive and negative ways in the modern world. He also specialises in disagreement and argumentation, and teaches how to have better conversations around difficult subjects.
Tim has a PhD in philosophy from the University of New South Wales on how we evolved to be uniquely moral creatures, and has interests in ethics, critical thinking and philosophy education. He is an Honorary Associate in the Philosophy department at the University of Sydney and a faculty member at The School of Life Sydney, where he facilitates a range of philosophy, argumentation and emotional intelligence workshops for the public. He is a recipient of the Australasian Association of Philosophy Media Professionals’ Award for his writing on philosophy in the public sphere.
Tim is also a science writer and editor with over 20 years experience, and has been the Science & Technology Editor at The Conversation, and edited magazines including Cosmos and Australian Life Scientist.