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Sunday 21st March 2021
The topic: Film, thought experiments and philosophical experiences
Why might a philosopher want to go to the cinema? As a form of relief from philosophy, if you’re the famously tortured philosopher Wittgenstein. But, apart from offering a distraction, films can be effective in dramatizing philosophical problems. How do I know I’m not in The Matrix? Some would argue that films can even be said to ‘do’ philosophy. In this talk I will discuss one influential view on this, that films do philosophy by working like the thought experiments that can be found in written philosophical texts.
Dr Chris Falzon is a Visiting Fellow in the School of Humanities and Languages (Philosophy) at the University of New South Wales. He received his PhD in Philosophy from the Australian National University in 1990, where he taught until 2000. From 2001 to 2018 he taught Philosophy at the University of Newcastle. He is the author of a number of books, including Philosophy Goes to the Movies (2013) and Ethics Goes to the Movies (2018). He has published widely on twentieth-century French philosophy, and philosophy and film.
Sunday 18th April 2021
The topic: Living Climate Catastrophe in a Multispecies World
Following the bushfires that ravaged Australia during the Black Summer of 2019-20, philosopher Danielle Celermajer wrote her book Summertime which will be published by Penguin in February 2021. In that book, in the midst of the death and grief of animals, humans, trees and ecologies Celermajer asks us to look around – really look around – to become present to all beings who are living and dying through the loss of our shared home. In this talk at the Philosophy Forum she explores the ethical and moral issues at stake in deciding how we go forward from here.
Danielle Celermajer is a writer and professor of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Sydney, where she is also Deputy Director of the Sydney Environment Institute and convener of Multispecies Justice collective. In recent years, her work has turned from a focus on human rights and the violence and injustice perpetrated against other humans, to a broader consideration of intersection of human, animal and environmental justice, ethics and life. Her books include Sins of the Nation and the Ritual of Apology and The Prevention of Torture, both with Cambridge University Press. Through the experience of living through the black summer bushfires as part of a multispecies community, she began writing about a new crime of our age, omnicide. Her book, Summertime, written from the midst of the fires, will be published by Penguin in February 2021.