Existentialist Society

Existential Philosophy

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Monthly Lectures — Visitors Welcome

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 existence.

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Enquiries: David Miller, Secretary.

Telephone: (03) 9467 2063.
Mail: PO Box 1111, Bundoora, VIC, 3083, Australia.
Email: existmelb@yahoo.com.au

Lectures: First Tuesday of the month at 8 pm.
Unitarian Church Hall, 110 Grey Street, East Melbourne.
Melways Map 2G, D2. View location in Google maps

Admission free, no prior booking necessary, all welcome.
A question-to-the-speaker period follows the lecture.

Previous lectures and transcripts:
2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 2002 | 2001 | 2000 | 1999 | 1998 | 1997 | 1996 | 1974-1995

6 Oct Catherine McDonald (Melbourne philosopher)
"Just War Theory and the Principle of Proportionality - Two case studies: Israel and Vietnam"
3 Nov Melbourne Cup Day Lecture
Professor Graham Oppy (Philosophy, Monash University)
"Why philosophy of religion should be taught in secular universities"
1 Dec Dr. Grace Tarpey (Lacan Circle of Melbourne. World Association for Psychoanalysis)
"The Other of the Self: For the Love of Wisdom"
2 Feb Dr. Vaughan Rapatahana (Writer, poet, critic)
"Clive Pearson: Australasia's Own Existentrialist"
1 Mar Dr. Pierre Van Osselaer
"Heidegger: Questioning Causality?"
5 Apr Dr. A.L. Jones (Author, 'The Gender Vendors: Sex and Lies from Abraham to Freud')
"Topic to be announced"
3 May Dr. Colin Goodwin
"Atheism and Theism: Richard Dawkins versus Thomas Aquinas"
7 Jun Dr. Kim Sawyer (Historical and Philosophical Studies, University of Melbourne)
"The Enigma of the Soul"
5 Jul Assoc. Prof. Hans Baer (Historical and Philosophical Studies, University of Melbourne)
"Democratic Eco-Socialism: A Real Utopia"
2 Aug Assoc. Prof. Purushottama Bilimoria (Deakin/Melbourne & University of California)
"The Missing God of Karl Jaspers"
6 Sep Professor Jack Reynolds (Philosophy, Deakin University)
"Topic to be announced"
4 Oct Dr. Matthew Sharpe (Author, 'Camus, Philosophe')
"The kettle has been returned and whatever way the pot calls it, it is definitely black: Or why a 'great thinker' cannot be a Nazi"
1 Nov Melbourne Cup Day Lecture
Dr. Christopher Gribbin (Classical Studies, University of Melbourne)
"Moral Relativism, Socratic Method and the Value of Self-Consistency"
6 Dec Dr. Patrick Stokes (Philosophy, Deakin University)
"Topic to be announced"
7 Feb Lecturer to be announced  
"Topic to be announced"
7 Mar Dr. Maurita Harney (Historical and Philosophical Studies, University of Melbourne)
"Topic to be announced"

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 Existentialism.

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.

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