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:
2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 2002 | 2001 | 2000 | 1999 | 1998 | 1997 | 1996 | 1974-1995

2 Aug Assoc. Prof. Purushottama Bilimoria (Deakin/Melbourne & University of California)
"The Missing God of Karl Jaspers"
6 Sep Dr. William Hall (Evolutionary Biology of Species and Organizations)
"The Angst of Anthropogenic Global Warming: Our Species' Existential Risk"
4 Oct Dr. Matthew Sharpe (Author, 'Camus, Philosophe')
"Cynicism, from Diogenes to Today: A Philosophy to Live by?"
1 Nov Melbourne Cup Day Lecture
Dr. Christopher Gribbin (Historical and Philosophical Studies, University of Melbourne)
"Moral Relativism, Socratic Method and the Value of Self-Consistency"
6 Dec Dr. Patrick Stokes (Philosophy, Deakin University)
"Kierkegaard's Critique of the Internet"
7 Feb Dr. Gordon Preece (Ethos Centre for Christianity and Society)
"Camus, Absurdity and Christianity"
7 Mar Dr. Maurita Harney (Historical and Philosophical Studies, University of Melbourne)
"Topic to be announced"
4 Apr Assoc. Prof. Janice Richardson (Author, 'Law and the Philosophy of Privacy')
"The Philosophy of Privacy"
2 May Dr. Nick Trakakis (Philosophy, Australian Catholic University)
"The Philosophy of Absolute Idealism: An Overview and Defence"
6 Jun Adjunct Prof. Inna Semetsky (Co-author, 'Edusemiotics: semiotic philosophy as educational foundation')
"Tarot: a school of life in pictures"
4 Jul John Ebel (Existentialist Psychotherapist)
"The Existentialism of Simone de Beauvoir"
1 Aug Dr. A. L. Jones (Author, 'The Gender Vendors: Sex and Lies from Abraham to Freud')
"Freud's Fantasy"
5 Sep Dr. Colin Goodwin (Independent Scholar)
"The Nature of Our Home: The Universe According to Stephen Hawking and Thomas Aquinas"
3 Oct Dr. Vaughan Rapatahana (Writer, Poet, Critic)
"Colin Wilson as Existential Outsider"
7 Nov Melbourne Cup Day Lecture
Les Allan (RationalRealm.com)
"Is Morality Objective?"

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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