Existentialist Society

Monthly lectures from previous years


1 Feb 2005
Assoc. Prof. Angela O'Brien (Creative Arts, University of Melbourne)
"Shakespeare and Existentialism"
1 Mar Dr. Neil Levy (Philosophy, University of Melbourne)
"What Makes Us Moral? Crossing The Boundaries Of Biology"
5 Apr Michael Barton (Existentialist Society)
"Levinas, Levity and Gravity"
April 2005 lecture transcript (Adobe Acrobat format, 124 kB)
3 May Dr. Inna Semetsky (Philosophy & Ethics, Monash University)
"The Ethics of Caring"
7 Jun Dr. Muhammad Kamal (Asian Institute, University of Melbourne)
"Dasein and Creativity: A Re-reading of Heidegger"
5 Jul John Lenarcic (Information Technology, RMIT University)
"Postmodernism and Information Technology"
2 Aug Mammad Aidani (Poet and Playwright)
"Albert Camus and Algeria: What did they learn from each other?"
6 Sep Patrick Stokes (PhD Student, University of Melbourne)
"Kierkegaard on Moral Vision"
4 Oct Dr. Claire French (Carl Jung Society)
"Nietzsche and Wagner: The Background"
October 2005 lecture transcript (Adobe Acrobat format, 146 kB)
1 Nov Melbourne Cup Day Lecture
Dr. Ian Katz (Consultant Psychiatrist)
"The Psychology of Melanie Klein"
6 Dec Anne Seitz (Sociology, Swinburne University)
"The Social Construction of Reality"
2006
7 Feb Anastasia Liveriadis (Society of Friends of the National Centre for Hellenic Studies & Research, La Trobe University)
"Martin Buber's Philosophy"
7 Mar Howard Dossor (Author, 'Colin Wilson: The man and his mind')
"Towards An Existential Synergy"
4 Apr Colin Goodwin (Former Registrar, Victorian College of the Arts)
"The Existentialism Of Duns Scotus"
2 May Assoc. Prof. Millicent Vladiv-Glover (Centre for Comparative Literature & Cultural Studies, Monash University)
"Blockbuster Novels And Films: The Ethics Of Popular Culture"
6 Jun Professor Colin Duckworth (University of Melbourne)
"Outsider and Plague: Adapting Camus' Novels to the Stage"
4 Jul Geoff Forster (Existentialist Society)
"Consciousness and the Brain: Recent Explorations"
July 2006 lecture transcript (Adobe Acrobat format, 755 kB)
1 Aug Nigel Sinnott (Former Editor, 'The Freethinker')
"The Rev. Stewart Headlam And Friends: Anglo-Catholics, Atheists, Actors, Aesthetes And Radicals"
August 2006 lecture transcript (Adobe Acrobat format, 157 kB)
5 Sep Dr. Inna Semetsky (Education, Monash University)
"The Language of Signs: Towards Order and Meaning"
3 Oct Assoc. Prof. Purushottama Bilimoria (Deakin, Melbourne and StoNYbrook Universities)
"Grief, Mourning and Melancholia: Secular-Humanism Versus Psychoanalysis"
October 2006 lecture transcript (Adobe Acrobat format, 241 kB)
7 Nov Assoc. Prof. Stan van Hooft (Philosophy, Deakin University)
"A Virtue Approach to Bioethical Problems"
5 Dec Dr. Robert Miller (Philosophy, Applied Communication, RMIT University)
"What Might Come After Postmodernism?"
December 2006 lecture transcript (Adobe Acrobat format, 56 kB)
2007
6 Feb Dr. Joanne Faulkner (Philosophy, La Trobe University)
"Nietzsche and Freud"
The body as text in the writings of Nietzsche and Freud (Minerva - An Internet Journal of Philosophy, Vol.7, 2003)
6 Mar Dr. Arran Gare (Philosophy & Cultural Inquiry, Swinburne University)
"Cosmos, History and Existentialism"
3 Apr Dr. George Vassilacopoulos (Philosophy, La Trobe University)
"A Hegelian Reading of Heidegger's Philosophy"
1 May Dr. Stephen Curkpatrick (Monash University & Melbourne College of Divinity)
"The Vocative Word, 'Other-Wise'"
5 Jun Dr. Kevin Brophy (Creative Arts, University of Melbourne)
"Consciousness and Creativity"
3 Jul Dr. Ian Weeks (Social Inquiry, Deakin University)
"Two Types Of Existentialism: Kierkegaard And His Opponents"
7 Aug Lev Lafayette (Prosper Australia)
"Autonomy and the Phenomenology of Nature and Property"
Towards An Existentialist Political Economy
4 Sep Catherine MacDonald (Philosophy, La Trobe University)
"Torture and Australian Consequentalism: Some Existentialist Thoughts"
Defusing the ‘ticking bomb’: an argument against the use of torture (Australian Rationalist, Numbers 75/76, pp. 32-38)
2 Oct John Ebel (Existentialist Psychotherapist and Philosophical Counsellor)
"The Relevance of Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir to our Postmodern World"
October 2007 lecture transcript (Adobe Acrobat format, 175 kB)
6 Nov Melbourne Cup Day Lecture
Paul Daniels (Melbourne School of Continental Philosophy, Melbourne University)
"Nietzsche on Truth and Lies"
4 Dec Brent McAuslan (Former Facilitator, Rajneesh USA)
"The Quest for Authentic Existence"

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