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Sunday 18th September 2022


Our speaker

Professor Adrian Walsh works predominantly in political philosophy, the philosophy of economics and applied ethics, although he also has a keen interest in questions of philosophical methodology and in political questions concerning the proper boundaries between scientific disciplines. He has published widely in these areas.

Walsh has been at the University of New England since 1997. He has held research fellowships at the University of St Andrews in Scotland and the University of Helsinki and is currently a Guest Professor in the Financial Ethics Research Centre at the University of Gothenburg. He is also an Associate Editor of the Journal of Applied Philosophy.


The Topic: Water and Distributive Justice

"Water is a fundamental human good, the allocation of which raises significant questions of distributive justice. And in recent years, in New South Wales, water’s significance to the realization of flourishing of human lives has been brought home with the devastating drought of 2018-2019 and the flooding that has occurred subsequently since 2020. Some of the normative questions prompted by these events include:

  • What is the fair or just way of allocating water when water resources are scarce?

  • What principles should govern the distribution of water

  • What groups or activities should be given priority in such decisions?

  • What principles of justice should govern public policy in relationship to flooding (where water becomes a burden rather than a benefit.)

These are moral and political questions that government and policy makers must address. In this talk I shall provide an overview of what various philosophical theories of justice have to say about these questions, consider some idiosyncratic features of water as a distributive good and finally provide a sketch of what I take to be the key features of the Theory of Just Water."

Sunday 16th October 2022

Our speaker

Goetz Richter is a violinist, teacher and thinker with a dual background in music and philosophy. He is currently Associate Professor at the University of Sydney’s Conservatorium of Music where he co-ordinates performance studies for violinists.

Richter studied philosophy, psychology and philosophy of science at the University of Sydney, completing a PhD in philosophy in 2007.  Richter has published articles on philosophy, the philosophy of Plato and Nietzsche, the philosophy of music and topics related to the philosophy of musical performance, pedagogy, violin pedagogy and the philosophy of performance teaching and learning. His translation of Eugen Fink’s book on Nietzsche’s Philosophy is published by Continuum and a study of the relationship between music and philosophy (The Congruence of Music and Philosophy) by VDM Saarbruecken.

As a violinist Richter has appeared as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician in Australia, New Zealand, Asia and Europe. He has given concerto performances with Australian Orchestras and has been a leader and guest leader of a number of Australian Orchestras.  He was founding Artistic Director of the Camden Haven Music Festival; Artistic Director of the Riverina Summer School for Strings (2012-2017) and is the founding Artistic Director of the Kendall National Violin Competition.


The topic: Martin Heidegger - considered as musician

 “The thinking of Martin Heidegger remains contested and obscure. Recent controversy following the publication of the “black notebooks” have rekindled the political and ethical controversy surrounding this ambivalent thinker. In this talk I hope to disentangle us from the net of political, ethical and philosophical thoughts that burdens much of our initial view of Heidegger. I start with a brief overview of Heidegger’s thinking and then pose the question whether we might indeed gain a clearer view of Heidegger when we consider him to be a musical philosopher (in the succession of Nietzsche), that is, a thinker who searches for music to transcend ordinary philosophical thought.”

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