Existentialist Society

Monthly lectures from previous years


1 Feb 2011
Russell Blackford (Humanities & Social Science, University of Newcastle)
"Thomas Pynchon?"
February 2011 lecture transcript (Adobe Acrobat format, 86 kB)

1 Mar 2011
Dr. Glenn McLaren (Philosophy & Cultural Inquiry, Swinburne University)
"The Triumph of Virtual Reality and its Implications for Philosophy"
March 2011 lecture transcript (Adobe Acrobat format, 172 kB)

5 Apr 2011
Richard Sebold (La Trobe University)
"Toward the Disenchantment of Nature"

3 May 2011
Assoc. Prof. Kate Rigby (Comparative Literature & Cultural Studies, Monash University)
"The Blindness of Faust: Goethean Science in a Warming World"
May 2011 lecture transcript (Adobe Acrobat format, 106 kB)

7 Jun 2011
Craig Coulson
"Torture, Forgiveness and the Writings of Miroslav Volf"
June 2011 lecture transcript (Adobe Acrobat format, 221 kB)

5 Jul 2011
Howard Dossor (Author, 'Colin Wilson: The man and his mind')
"Existential Love"

2 Aug 2011
Lev Lafayette (Isocracy Network)
"Hannah Arendt's Existentialism"
Lecturer contact details

6 Sep 2011
Catherine McDonald
"Religion, Blood and the Love of War: Investigations into an anthropology of war"
Lecturer contact details

4 Oct 2011
Ashley Woodward (Melbourne School of Continental Philosophy)
"Albert Camus and Nihilism"

1 Nov 2011
Melbourne Cup Day Lecture
Peter Cuffe
"Cinema of Existential Solitude"

6 Dec 2011
Dr. George Vassilacopoulos (Philosophy, La Trobe University)
"A New Perspective on Plato's Republic"


7 Feb 2012
Associate Professor Russell Grigg (Humanities & Social Sciences, Deakin University)
"The Trial of Albert Camus"

6 Mar 2012
Dr. Matthew Sharpe (International and Political Studies, Deakin University)
"Camus, Viewed from His Notebooks: Philosophy as a Way of Life"

3 Apr 2012
Dr. Mark Manolopoulos (Philosophy, Monash University)
"Why We Revolutionary Believers Love Existentialism"
April 2012 lecture transcript (Adobe Acrobat format, 137 kB)

1 May 2012
Dr. Justin Clemens (Culture & Communication, University of Melbourne)
"Albert Camus: Back up the hill again"

5 Jun 2012
Dr. Robert Miller (Philosophy, Media & Communication, RMIT University)
"Buddhist Existentialism: A Proposal for an Environmentally Sustainable Vision of the Good Life, and Philosophical Remedy for our Existential Malaise"
June 2012 lecture transcript (Adobe Acrobat format, 147 kB)
June 2012 lecture video

3 Jul 2012
Dr. Joseph Gelfer (Social Inquiry, Monash University)
"The Masculinity Conspiracy: Deconstructing the Masculine Self"

7 Aug 2012
Assoc. Prof. Purushottama Bilimoria (Philosophy, Deakin/Melbourne & University of California)
"Animal Justice and Moral Mendacity: Between Judaism and Hinduism"
August 2012 lecture transcript (Adobe Acrobat format, 410 kB)

4 Sep 2012
Craig Coulson
"Charity: The Damoclean Sword of Deception"
September 2012 lecture transcript (Adobe Acrobat format, 141 kB)

2 Oct 2012
Howard Dossor (Author, 'Colin Wilson: The man and his mind')
"The Existential Void"

6 Nov 2012
Melbourne Cup Day Lecture
Dr. David Rathbone (Melbourne School of Continental Philosophy)
"On Merleau-Ponty's essay 'Hegel's Existentialism'"

4 Dec 2012
Prof. Stan van Hooft (Philosophy, Deakin University)
"Sex and Virtue"
December 2012 lecture transcript (Adobe Acrobat format, 120 kB)


5 Feb 2013
Adjunct Prof. Inna Semetsky (Cultural Studies, University of Waikato, NZ)
"The Re-Symbolization of the Self"
Lecturer contact details

5 Mar 2013
David Champion (Art Therapist)
"Finding Meaning in the Face of the Abyss"
March 2013 lecture transcript (Adobe Acrobat format, 3.1 MB)

2 Apr 2013
Dr. William Hall (Evolutionary Biology of Species and Organisations)
"Knowledge and Life: what does it mean to be living?"
Lecturer contact details

7 May 2013
Dr. Robert Miller (Philosophy, Media & Communication, RMIT University)
"Nietzsche's Dionysian Joyful Wisdom"
May 2013 lecture transcript (Adobe Acrobat format, 196 kB)

4 Jun 2013
Dr. John Wilkins (Blog: evolvingthoughts.net)
"Various Ways to Naturalise Religion"
June 2013 lecture transcript (Adobe Acrobat format, 38 kB)

2 Jul 2013
Rev. Dr. Paul Tonson (Uniting Church in Australia)
"Can Existentialist Categories Save Christian Theology?"
July 2013 lecture transcript (Adobe Acrobat format, 172 kB)

6 Aug 2013
Dr. David Rathbone (Melbourne School of Continental Philosophy)
"Gender: Simone de Beauvoir, Nietzsche and Heidegger"

3 Sep 2013
Dr. Kim Sawyer (Historical and Philosophical Studies, University of Melbourne)
"Synchronicity: The Anonymous Test of Existence"
September 2013 lecture transcript (Adobe Acrobat format, 172 kB)

1 Oct 2013
Dr. Matthew Sharpe (International and Political Studies, Deakin University)
"Stoicism: An Ancient Existentialism"

5 Nov 2013
Melbourne Cup Day Lecture
Dr. Ian Weeks (International and Political Studies, Deakin University)
"Martin Heidegger and Ernst Cassirer on Human Existence"

53 Dec 2013
Dr. Christopher Gribbin (Classical Studies, University of Melbourne)
"Aristotle's Views on How to Direct One's Life"

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