Existentialist Society

Monthly lectures from previous years


4 Feb 2014
Paul Daniels (Author, 'Nietzsche and The Birth of Tragedy')
"Wittgenstein's 'Tractatus': Language and Mysticism"

4 Mar 2014
Dr. Patrick Stokes (Philosophy, Deakin University)
"A Demanding Universe: The Ethical Thought of K.E. Logstrup"
Lecturer contact details

1 Apr 2014
Howard Dossor (Author, 'Colin Wilson: The man and his mind')
"An Existential Reading of Nikos Kazantzakis"
Apr 2014 lecture video

6 May 2014
Assoc. Prof. Millicent Vladiv-Glover (Comparative Literature, Monash University)
"The Decaying Corpse in 'The Brothers Karamazov' and in Popular Forensics: The Semiotics of Death"

3 Jun 2014
Dr. Nick Trakakis (Theology and Philosophy, Australian Catholic University)
"Kazantzakis and God"

1 Jul 2014
Dr. Gordon Preece (Author, 'Bonhoeffer Downunder')
"God the Intimate Interventionist: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and Nick Cave in Dialogue"
Lecturer contact details

5 Aug 2014
Dr. Muhammad Kamal (Asia Institute, University of Melbourne)
"Sadra and Heidegger: A Philosophical Turn"
Lecturer contact details

2 Sep 2014
Dr. Tim Themi (Deakin University, Lacan Circle of Melbourne)
"Nietzsche, Freud, Lacan: Real Ethics (of the Real)"
Sep 2014 lecture video

7 Oct 2014
Dr. Mammad Aidani (Historical and Philosophical Studies, University of Melbourne)
"What has happened to the Authentic Being in Philosophy?"
Lecturer contact details

4 Nov 2014
Melbourne Cup Day Lecture
Dr. Petra Brown (Paideia Australia)
"Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Carl Schmitt and the 'State of Exception'"
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2 Dec 2014
Adjunct Prof. Inna Semetsky (Cultural Studies, Waikato University, NZ)
"The Edusemiotics of Images: The Art~Science of Tarot"
Edusemiotics: semiotic philosophy as educational foundation by Inna Semetsky and Andrew Stables


3 Feb 2015
Dr. Colin Goodwin (Independent Scholar)
"Existentialism and Psychical Phenomena"

3 Mar 2015
Dr. David Rathbone (Melbourne School of Continental Philosophy)
"Why there are no Nietzscheans"

7 Apr 2015
Dr. Pierre Van Osselaer
"Jacques Derrida: Text and Differance"

5 May 2015
Dr. A.L. Jones
"The Gender Vendors: Sex and Lies from Abraham to Freud"
The Gender Vendors: Sex and Lies from Abraham to Freud by A.L. Jones

2 Jun 2015
Nigel Sinnott (Former editor, 'The Freethinker' UK)
"Dealing with Major Depression: Managing Malignant Sadness"
June 2015 lecture transcript (Adobe Acrobat format, 167 kB)

7 Jul 2015
Sam Green (MA, Monash University)
"Can Moral Nihilism make life more wonderful?"

4 Aug 2015
Assoc. Prof. Purushottama Bilimoria (Philosophy, Deakin/Melbourne & University of California)
"Tribute to Hazel Rowley: Eleanor Roosevelt and Pauli Murray on America's Civil Wrongs and Gandhi"

1 Sep 2015
Howard Dossor (Author, 'Colin Wilson: The man and his mind')
"Ascesis"
The Existential Journey - Nikos Kazantzakis' The Odyssey: A Modern Sequel (Youtube)

6 Oct 2015
Catherine McDonald (Melbourne philosopher)
"Just War Theory and the Principle of Proportionality - Two case studies: Israel and Vietnam"
Lecturer contact details

3 Nov 2015
Melbourne Cup Day Lecture
Professor Graham Oppy (Philosophy, Monash University)
"Why philosophy of religion should be taught in secular universities"
November 2015 lecture transcript (Adobe Acrobat format, 77 kB)

1 Dec 2015
David Miller (Existentialist Society)
"Existentialism: A facetious introduction"
December 2015 lecture transcript (Adobe Acrobat format, 56 kB)


2 Feb 2016
Dr. Vaughan Rapatahana (Writer, poet, critic)
"Clive Pearson: Australasia's Own Existentialist"
February 2016 lecture transcript (Adobe Acrobat format, 596 kB)

1 Mar 2016
Dr. Pierre Van Osselaer
"Heidegger: Questioning Causality?"

5 Apr 2016
Dr. A.L. Jones (Author, 'The Gender Vendors: Sex and Lies from Abraham to Freud')
"Sex and Lies in Neo-Liberal Times"

3 May 2016
Dr. Colin Goodwin
"Atheism and Theism: Richard Dawkins versus Thomas Aquinas"

7 Jun 2016
Dr. Kim Sawyer (Historical and Philosophical Studies, University of Melbourne)
"The Enigma of the Soul"
June 2016 lecture transcript (Adobe Acrobat format, 500 kB)

5 Jul 2016
Assoc. Prof. Hans Baer (Historical and Philosophical Studies, University of Melbourne)
"Democratic Eco-Socialism: A Real Utopia"
July 2016 lecture transcript (Adobe Acrobat format, 500 kB)

2 Aug 2016
Assoc. Prof. Purushottama Bilimoria (Deakin/Melbourne & University of California)
"The Missing God of Karl Jaspers"
August 2016 lecture transcript (Adobe Acrobat format, 209 kB)

6 Sep 2016
Dr. William Hall (Evolutionary Biology of Species and Organizations)
"The Angst of Anthropogenic Global Warming: Our Species' Existential Risk"
Lecturer contact details

4 Oct 2016
Dr. Matthew Sharpe (Author, 'Camus, Philosophe')
"Cynicism, from Diogenes to Today: A Philosophy to Live by?"
October 2016 lecture transcript (Adobe Acrobat format, 13 MB)

1 Nov 2016
Melbourne Cup Day Lecture
Dr. Christopher Gribbin (Historical and Philosophical Studies, University of Melbourne)
"Moral Relativism, Socratic Method and the Value of Self-Consistency"
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6 Dec 2016
Dr. Patrick Stokes (Philosophy, Deakin University)
"Kierkegaard's Critique of the Internet"
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