PORT MACQUARIE PHILOSOPHY FORUM

PAST EVENTS

Thank you! to all the speakers who supported the Forum in the last two years.

 

2018 events

 

February 2108     Professor Mark Colyvan from the University of Sydney gave the inaugural talk on

                            "The Wisdom of Crowds and Mindless Mobs"

 

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

 

April 2018           Dr Brian Hedden from the University of Sydney spoke on "Personal Identity and                                              Rationality"

 

May 2018            Dr Lyn Carson from the newDemocracy Foundation spoke on "How to Strengthen our                                    Weakened Democracies"

 

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"

 

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

 

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

 

September 2018  Dr Teresa Bell, a local speaker, spoke on "The Ambiguity of Freedom: the Philosophical                                 Choices of Simone Weil and Simone de Beauvoir"

 

October 2018     Professor Graham Oppy from Monash University spoke on "The Historical Rise of                                           Atheism"

 

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

                                                                                 2019 events

February 2019    Gary Dowling, one of the Forum organisers, spoke on "Tolerance and its relationship                                     to social development"

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

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

May 2019            Dr Hannah Tierney from the University of Sydney, spole on "Free Will, Moral                                                 Responsibility and Guilt"

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

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

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

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

October 2019     Dr Stephanie Collins from the Australian Catholic University in Melbourne spoke on                                      "Citizens' Responsibility for their States' Actions"

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