PORT MACQUARIE PHILOSOPHY FORUM

PAST EVENTS

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Thank you! to all the speakers who have supported the Forum 

 

2022 talks

 

September 2022   Adrian Walsh, Professor of Philosophy at the University of New England, spoke on                                "Water and Distributive Justice"

 

August 2022        Kerry Hinton, Honorary Fellow of the University of Melbourne, spoke on "The Fall and                                  Return of Metaphysics: a Current Controversy in the Philosophy of Theoretical Physics"

 

July 2022            Alan Hájek, Professor of Philosophy at Australian National University, spoke on                                     "A Plea for the Improbable".

June 2022           Gary Dowling, one of the Forum organisers, spoke on "The Social Justice                                              Movement"

 

May 2022              Kyle Redman, Research and Design Project Manager at the newDemocracy Foundation                                  spoke on "Are Elections bad for Democracy?"

 

April 2022             Mark Alfano, Associate Professor at Macquarie University's Department of Philosophy                                    spoke on "Dark Humour in Dark times: The Sustaining Virtue of laughter"

 

March 2022           Teresa Bell, an independent scholar, spoke on "Drinking from the Stagnant Cup of                                        Dionysus"

 

 

2021 talks

November 2021      Glenn A Albrecht, Honorary Associate in the School of Geo-sciences, University of                                         Sydney, spoke on "From the Age of Solastalgia to the Symbiocene"

 

October 2021          David Smith, one of the Forum organisers spoke on "Philosophy of Science according                                    to Sir Karl Popper"

 

October 2021          Kerry Hinton, Honorary Fellow of the University of Melbourne, spoke on "Concepts                                       of Time through the Ages"

September 2021     Carol Baker, one of the Forum organisers, spoke on "Knowledge, Truth and Belief"

 

June 2021              Christopher Falzon, Visiting Fellow in the School of Humanities and Languages at the                                    University of New South Wales spoke on "Film, Thought Experiments and Philosophical                                 Experiences"

 

May 2021               Jeremy Moss, Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Practical Justice Initiative at                                 the University of New South Wales, spoke on "Carbon Majors and Corporate                                                  Responsibility for Climate Change"

April 2021             Danielle Celermajer, writer and Professor of Sociology and Social Policy at the                                                University of Sydney, was in conversation with Carol Baker, one of the forum                                                 organisers, discussing  "Living Climate Catastrophe in a Multispecies World" 

February 2021      Gary Dowling, one of the Forum organisers, spoke on "The Philosophy of Religion"

 

2020 talks

November 2020   Tony Swain, an independent scholar, spoke on "The Diverse World of Daoism"

October 2020      Kerry Hinton, Honorary Fellow of the University of Melbourne, spoke on                                                          "Mathematics and Our World"

 

March - Sept       Talks cancelled due to COVID-19.

February 2020     Mark Colyvan, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Sydney, spoke on "Crime,                                       Punishment and Statistical Evidence"

 

January 2020      Kerry Sanders, Associate Professor to the Department of Philosophy, in the Centre for                                  Continuing Education at the University of Sydney, spoke on "The Philosophy of Time"

2019 talks

November 2019   Professor Bill Boyd at Southern Cross University spoke on "The Future of Education"

October 2019     Stephanie Collins, Associate Professor at the Australian Catholic University, spoke on                                  "Citizens' Responsibility for their States' Actions"

September 2019  Simon Lumsden, Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of New South                                         Wales, spoke on "Habit, Ecological Crisis and Social Change"

August 2019         Tony Swain, an independent scholar, spoke on "The Revival of Confucianism in                                               Contemporary China"

July 2019              Kerry Hinton, Honorary Fellow of the University of Melbourne, spoke on "Problems                                        with Particles"

June 2019           Jessica Whyte, Scientia Fellow and Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University                                 of New South Wales, spoke on "Killer robots, collateral damage and the philosophy of                                    war"

May 2019            Hannah Tierney, Lecturer in the Philosophy Department at the University of                                                   Sydney, spoke on "Free Will, Moral Responsibility and Guilt"

 

April 2019           John Jorgensen, an independent scholar, spoke on "Fundamental Philosophical                                              Aspects of Basic Buddhism"

March 2019        Paul Patton, Scientia Professor of Philosophy at the University of New South Wales,                                      spoke on "Truth, Post-Truth and Politics"

February 2019    Gary Dowling, one of the Forum organisers, spoke on "Tolerance and its Relationship                                     to Social Development"

2018 talks

 

November 2018  Jeremy Moss, Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Practical Justice Initiative at                                  the University of New South Wales, spoke on "Ethics, Exports and Climate Change"

 

October 2018     Graham Oppy, Professor of Philosophy at Monash University, spoke on "The Historical                                   Rise of Atheism"

September 2018  Teresa Bell, an independent scholar, spoke on "The Ambiguity of Freedom: the                                               Philosophical Choices of Simone Weil and Simone de Beauvoir"

August 2018        Paul Patton, Scientia Professor of Philosophy at the University of New South Wales,                                      spoke on "Rights,Human Rights and Rights of Indigenous Peoples"

July 2018            Mark Colyvan, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Sydney, spoke on "A Parade                                of Philosophical Paradoxes"

June 2018           Carol Baker and Dave Smith, two of the Forum organisers, spoke on "Values and                                           Ethics: Thinking About What Constitutes a Well-lived Life"

May 2018            Lyn Carson from the newDemocracy Foundation, and former Professor in Applied Politics                             at the University of Sydney Business School, spoke on "How to Strengthen our                                               Weakened Democracies"

April 2018           Brian Hedden, Senior Lecturer in the Philosophy Department at the University of Sydney,                               spoke on "Personal Identity and Rationality"

March 2018         Terry Lovat, Emeritus Professor at the University of Newcastle, spoke on                                                       "Distinguishing Islam from Jihadism: an Imperative for Harmonious Understanding"

February 2108     Mark Colyvan, Professor of Philosophy at the University of Sydney, gave the inaugural                                    talk on "The Wisdom of Crowds and Mindlessness of Mobs"