My name is Mark Weblin and I was born and raised in Sydney, Australia. In 1978, I moved to Armidale, N.S.W., to study at the University of New England where I met Dr. Brian Birchall, senior lecturer in philosophy. Brian Birchall introduced me to the philosophy of John Anderson, professor of philosophy at Sydney University from 1927-1958. Both philosophers – one indirectly, the other directly – had an enormous influence on my own philosophical development.
At U.N.E., I completed a number of degrees including a B.A. (Hons) majoring in philosophy, a Diploma of Social Science, an M.A. (Hons) in Philosophy (‘The Dialectical Structure of Realism’), before eventually completing a Ph.D. (‘The Place of John Anderson in the History of Philosophy’).
In the mid 1990’s, I moved to the Blue Mountains and worked at the University of Western Sydney as a tutor in the Faculty of Social Inquiry. I then worked at the University of Sydney as the John Anderson Senior Research Fellow from 1999 to 2005.
In 2008, I was diagnosed with a severe level of Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma and in 2009 moved to the Gold Coast to recover and recuperate with family. Unable to return to full time work, I completed a Diploma of Counselling in 2012. In 2015, I established the community philosophy business, Philosophy in Paradise, on the Gold Coast.