Existentialist Society

Monthly lectures from previous years


5 Feb 2008
Howard Dossor (Author of 'Colin Wilson: The man and his mind')
"The Existential Act"
4 Mar Dr. Rod Foster (Philosophy, University of Melbourne)
"Existentialism and Human Nature"
1 Apr Assoc. Prof. Stan van Hooft (Philosophical Studies, Deakin University)
"How can we live in a world of global injustice?"
6 May John Lenarcic (University in the Pub, RMIT University)
"What is Red? Colour as the Canvas of Existence"
3 Jun Dr. Jack Reynolds (Philosophy, La Trobe University)
"The Unique Existentialism of Merleau-Ponty"
1 Jul Dr. Gordon Preece (Urban Seed)
"Vocation in a Post-Vocational World: A Response to Bauman's Liquid Modernity"
5 Aug Prof. Graham Priest (Philosophy, University of Melbourne)
"Heidegger and Zen"
2 Sep Howard Dossor (Author, 'Colin Wilson: The man and his mind')
"Existential Ascent in Nikos Kazantzakis"
7 Oct John Noack (Carl Jung Society)
"Revisionist Neo-Platonism in Freud, Jung and George Arthur Gaskell"
4 Nov Melbourne Cup Day Lecture
Dr. David Rathbone (Philosophy, University of Melbourne)
"The Nightmare of Reason: Hegel, Kafka and Nietzsche"
2 Dec Jon Roffe (Melbourne School of Continental Philosophy)
"Foucault's Problem"
2009
3 Feb Brent McAuslan (Former Facilitator, Rajneesh USA)
"Nietzsche's Eternal Recurrence: Prediction or Prophecy?"
February 2009 lecture transcript (Adobe Acrobat format, 56 kB)
3 Mar Dr. Maurita Harney (Philosophy, University of Melbourne)
"The History of Existentialism in Australasian Philosophy"
7 Apr Dr. Matthew Sharpe (Deakin University)
"Art, Politics and Truth"
5 May Dr. Paul Ashton (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE)
"Self and World: The Role of the Thinker in Hegel's Philosophy"
May 2009 lecture transcript (Adobe Acrobat format, 536 kB)
2 Jun Dr. Ashley Woodward (Creative Arts, University of Melbourne)
"Nihilism, from Existentialism to Postmodernism"
June 2009 lecture transcript (Adobe Acrobat format, 100 kB)
7 Jul Paul Daniels (Melbourne School of Continental Philosophy)
"Kant, the Sublime and the Subject"
4 Aug Dr. John Perkins (Secular Party of Australia)
"The Enlightenment as a Secular Project?"
August 2009 lecture transcript (Adobe Acrobat format, 86 kB)
1 Sep Dr. Rod Foster (Trinity College, University of Melbourne)
"Wittgenstein and Freud"
6 Oct Cathy McDonald (Philosophy, Monash University)
"Kantian Values, the Authentic Self and Existentialism"
3 Nov Melbourne Cup Day Lecture
Dr. Robert Miller (Philosophy, RMIT University)
"Buddhist Existentialism: From Anxiety to Authenticity and Freedom"
November 2009 lecture transcript (Adobe Acrobat format, 201 kB)
1 Dec John Stewart (Author: 'The Evolutionary Manifesto')
"How the Evolutionary Worldview Answers the Big Existential Questions"
December 2009 lecture transcript
2010
2 Feb Howard Dossor (Author: 'Colin Wilson: The man and his mind')
"Existential Consciousness"
2 Mar Dr. Maurita Harney (Philosophy, University of Melbourne)
"Consciousness: Existentialism and the Challenge of the Neurosciences"
6 Apr Dr. Matthew Sharpe (Deakin University)
"Was Socrates an Existentialist?"
4 May Assoc. Prof. Kevin Brophy (Creative Arts, University of Melbourne)
"Creative Frenzy"
1 Jun Assoc. Prof. Millicent Vladiv-Glover (Comparative Literature, Monash University)
"Dostoevsky's Penultimate Novel 'Adolescent' (1876) and the Growing Up of Russia in the 19th Century"
Lecturer contact details
6 Jul Phillip Ferguson (Philosophy, La Trobe University)
"The Philosophy of Jean-Paul Sartre"
3 Aug Assoc. Prof. Purushottama Bilimoria (Philosophy, Deakin/Melbourne & University of California)
"Science, Religion and Secularism: Who is winning? Can they talk rationally to each other?"
August 2010 lecture transcript (Adobe Acrobat format, 229 kB)
7 Sep Dr. David Rathbone (Philosophy, University of Melbourne)
"Existentialist? Yes! - but what kind of existentialist? The essence/existence dichotomy."
5 Oct Assoc. Prof. Stan van Hooft (Deakin University)
"Religion and Hope"
October 2010 lecture transcript (Adobe Acrobat format, 65 kB)
2 Nov Melbourne Cup Day Lecture
Anne Seitz (Sociology, Swinburne University)
"Is Science Our Fundamentalist Secular Religion?"
November 2010 lecture transcript (Adobe Acrobat format, 152 kB)
7 Dec Dr. Jack Reynolds (La Trobe University) and Dr. Felicity Joseph (University of Melbourne)
"Existentialism and Phenomenological Method"
The Continuum Companion to Existentialism

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