For those who question whether life has a meaning and a
purpose. For those who despairingly ponder whether one can live without
self-deception or without hedonistic escapism; yet who, despite the anguish of
life's futility and meaninglessness, still seek purpose and an authentic
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Telephone: (03) 9467 2063.
Mail: PO Box 1111,
Bundoora, VIC, 3083, Australia.
First Tuesday of the month at 8 pm.
Unitarian Church Hall, 110 Grey Street, East Melbourne.
Melways Map 2G, D2.
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Admission free, no prior booking necessary, all welcome.
question-to-the-speaker period follows the lecture.
Previous lectures and transcripts:
(MA, Monash University)
"Can Moral Nihilism make life more wonderful?"
||Assoc.h Prof. Purushottama Bilimoria
(Philosophy, Deakin/Melbourne & University of California)
"Tribute to Hazel Rowley: Eleanor Roosevelt and Pauli Murray on America's Civil Wrongs and Gandhi"
(Author, 'Colin Wilson: The man and his mind')
"Albert Camus and Nikos Kazantzakis"
"Just War Theory and Self Defence: Israel as a Case Study"
||Melbourne Cup Day Lecture
Professor Graham Oppy
(Philosophy, Monash University)
"Topic to be announced"
||Dr. Grace Tarpey
(Lacan Circle of Melbourne. World Association for Psychoanalysis)
"The Other of the Self: For the Love of Wisdom"
||Dr. Vaughan Rapatahana
(Writer, poet, critic)
"Clive Pearson: Australasia's Own Existentrialist"
||Dr. Pierre Van Osselaer
"Heidegger: Questioning Causality?"
||Dr. A.L. Jones
"Topic to be announced"
||Dr. Colin Goodwin
"Spinoza and the Agenda for Atheism"
||Dr. Kim Sawyer
(Historical and Philosophical Studies, University of Melbourne)
"The Enigma of the Soul"
EXISTENTIALISM is an 'umbrella' term covering diverse and
often conflicting schools of thought. Consequently we are not agreed on who or
what is an Existentialist; we simply agree to disagree.
Following the lecture, during the question and discussion
period, additional comments are encouraged from those of our audience who may
have more knowledge than the speaker on particular aspects of the topic, as
well as from those who have an alternative viewpoint.
Sometimes our lecture topics have no direct bearing upon
Existentialism. The speakers on such topics may or may not be conversant with
There is no official membership, so we have no membership fee.
However, we pass the 'begging-bowls' around in an attempt to cover expenses. If
one can afford it, $2 is adequate. Attendances vary from a low of 20 in the
winter months to a high of 70-80, depending on speaker and topic.
If you would like more information, please telephone our
Secretary, David Miller, on (03) 9467 2063.
Site maintained by Tony Stratford.
Last updated 30 June 2015.