Existentialist Society

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

Previous lectures and transcripts:
2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 2002 | 2001 | 2000 | 1999 | 1998 | 1997 | 1996 | 1974-1995 | Brothers of Karamazov lecture series: 1985 to 1989

1 Aug 2017
Dr. Lachlan Ross (Social and Political Sciences, University of Melbourne)
"The Neglected Emphasis on 'Alienation' in Marx's Mature Works"

5 Sep 2017
Dr. Colin Goodwin (Independent Scholar)
"The Existentialism of Sir John Eccles, Neurophysiologist and Philosopher"

3 Oct 2017
Dr. Vaughan Rapatahana (Writer, Poet, Critic)
"Colin Wilson as Existential Outsider"

7 Nov 2017
Melbourne Cup Day Lecture
Les Allan (RationalRealm.com)
"Is Morality Objective?"

3 Dec 2017
Dr. Kevin Orrman-Rossiter (Research, Innovation and Commercialisation, University of Melbourne)
"The Problem of Scientism"

6 Feb 2018
Joshua Krook (Author, 'The Decline of Justice, Fairness and Morality in Australian Law Schools')
"Bigotry, Xenophobia and Social Empathy"

6 Mar 2018
Assoc. Prof. Millicent Vladiv-Glover (School of Languages, Cultures & Linguistics, Monash University)
"Dostoevsky and Roberto Mangabeira Unger: An Approach to Time"

3 Apr 2018
Assoc. Prof. Hans Baer (Historical and Philosophical Studies, University of Melbourne)
"A Radical Response to the Impending Socio-Ecological Crisis"

1 May 2018
Dr. Debra Campbell (Psychologist. Author, 'Lovelands')
"How Childhood Wounds Colour Adult Relationships"

5 Jun 2018
Assoc. Prof. Kim Sawyer (Historical and Philosophical Studies, University of Melbourne)
"Karma: The Unobservable of Existence"

3 Jul 2018
Dr. John Lenarcic (Business, IT and Logistics, RMIT University)
"The Social, Political and Philosophical Implications of Technological Advancements"

7 Aug 2018
Assoc. Prof. Purushottama Bilimoria (Deakin/Melbourne & University of California)
"Topic to be announced"

4 Sep 2018
Assoc. Prof. Janice Richardson (Law Faculty, Monash University)
"Feminist Theory and Spinoza"

2 Oct 2018
Jon Rubin (Melbourne School of Continental Philosophy)
"Freedom, Passion and Politics in Spinoza's Philosophy"

6 Nov 2018
Melbourne Cup Day Lecture
Dr. Colin Goodwin (Independent Scholar)
"John Macquarrie: Existentialism and Theology"

4 Dec 2018
Dr. Mammad Aidani (Historical and Philosophical Studies, University of Melbourne)
"Perplexity as the Origin of Philosophy"