Public self


Pat McConville is a 30-something Australian, living and working in Melbourne, Australia. He is currently undertaking doctoral studies at the Monash Bioethics Centre, where he is working on a dissertation entitled, Phenomenology of Human Enhancement. Prior to moving to Melbourne …


Creating Public self

Public self is designed as a workspace and as a platform: a workspace for projects, including longform writing and design and web application work; and a platform for occasional thoughts on various subjects, including philosophy and politics. It is a personal endeavour, informed by and reflective of my own experience.

But it is not a weblog, lacking both the frequency and the intimacy that implies. Instead, it is a way to participate in a culture that relies on expression for government and commerce, mindful that the separate and collective aspirations we have for our society requires us all to take those dreams:

… into the palms of your hands,
Mold it into the shape of your most
Private need. Sculpt it into
The image of your most public self.1