I sometimes catch the tram to get to or from the office, and usually it’s a not unpleasant experience.
This evening was not one of the usual reasonably relaxing fifteen minute trips down Flemington Road and through Royal Park. It’s remarkable how a violent scuffle between passengers can change the feeling throughout the tram. There was pushing, shoving, curses and epithets, clutching at throats, and a tense standoff from the protagonists. Shocked stares, shy glances away, pleas of “calm down!”, “watch out!”, and “cool it!” from the onlookers. After the protagonists got off there were relieved sighs, a few tears, and a tram full of not-quite-returning-to-nomal people.
I’m Greg Restall, and this is my personal website. I teach philosophy and logic as Professor of Philosophy at the University of Melbourne. ¶ From August 2021, I will be the Shelby Cullom Davis Professor of Philosophy at the University of St Andrews. ¶ Start at the home page of this site—a compendium of recent additions around here—and go from there to learn more about who I am and what I do. ¶ This is my personal site on the web. Nothing here is in any way endorsed by the University of Melbourne.