Philosophy Café with Rai Gaita: Morality and Moralising

Our next Philosophy Café for Semester 2 will be held on Tuesday October 5. Prof. Rai Gaita will discuss Morality and Moralising.

When: 6:30pm for a 7pm start on Wednesday October 5
Where: Tsubu Bar/café, Campus, rear 1888 Building

Food and drinks (alcoholic and non) available before and after the talk.

Come along for another fun, stimulating, informal evening of philosophical discussion.

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Philosophy Café with Graham Priest: Buddhist Ethics

Our first Philosophy Café for Semester 2 will be held on Tuesday August 10. Prof. Graham Priest, the Boyce Gibson Professor of Philosophy will discuss Buddhist Ethics.

When Buddhist thought has migrated from one culture to another, it has often changed in the process. Buddhist thought is now starting to move into Western cultures, and no doubt it will change accordingly. What will a Buddhist ethics be like in this new cultural setting?

When: 6:30pm for a 7pm start on Wednesday August 10
Where: Tsubu Bar/café, Campus, rear 1888 Building

Food and drinks (alcoholic and non) available before and after the talk.

Come along for another fun, stimulating, informal evening of philosophical discussion.

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The 2011 Barry Taylor and David Lewis Philosophy Lecture—Animal Liberation: Retrospect and Prospect

The 2011 Barry Taylor and David Lewis Philosophy Lecture — Animal Liberation: Retrospect and Prospect — will be presented by Professor Peter Singer.

Peter Singer is Australia’s best-known public intellectual. His groundbreaking 1975 book, Animal Liberation, made him an internationally famous figure and helped launch the animal rights movement. He is currently president of Animal Rights International, co-founder and President of The Great Ape Project, and Vice-President of the Royal Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (UK). His many books on ethics and philosophy include: Democracy and DisobediencePractical EthicsThe Expanding Circle: ethics and sociobiologyMarxHegelHow Are We to Live?Rethinking Life and DeathA Darwinian LeftOne World: Ethics and globalizationThe Way We Eat: Why our food choices matter, and The Life You Can Save: Acting now to end world poverty

Time: 
Wednesday, 27 July 2011 at 6.30pm

Place: 
Carrillo Gantner Theatre, Sidney Myer Asia Centre
(Corner Swanston Street and Monash Road)
No parking available on campus.

To book a place, go here.

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Philosophy Café with Kristian Camilleri: How Objective is Science?

Our next Philosophy Café will be held on Tuesday May 3. Dr. Kristian Camilleri from the History and Philosophy of Science Program will ask “How Objective is Science?”, and lead discussion.

What exactly do we mean when we say science is objective? Does this refer to the ideal of unbiased judgment of individual scientists, the rigorous application of the scientific method, or the focus on an underlying reality rather than subjective appearances? Some argue that the objectivity of scientific inquiry is secured, not by the practice of individual researchers, but rather by the scientific community as a whole — scientific inquiry is fundamentally ‘social’ in character. I will discuss the idea that (social and political) values might sometimes actually play a role in making science more objective!

When: 6:30pm for a 7pm start on Tuesday May 3
Where: Tsubu Bar/café, Campus, rear 1888 Building

Food and drinks (alcoholic and non) available before and after the talk.

Come along for another fun, stimulating, informal evening of Philosophical Discussion.

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Philosophy Café with Laura Schroeter: Do Robots Have Minds?

Our next Philosophy Café will be held on Tuesday April 5. Dr. Laura Schroeter from the Philosophy Department will talk about whether or not Robots have Minds, and lead the discussion.

What is it to have a mind? Could your mind survive the death of your body? Or do you and your mental life cease to exist as soon as your brain stops functioning? Which things have minds – dogs, spiders, robots, trees, planets? Is it ever possible to know for sure whether these things have minds? These big questions about the relation between minds and bodies are still hotly disputed: philosophers and scientists disagree not just about the answers but also about what evidence is relevant to answering them.

When: 6:30pm for a 7pm start on Tuesday April 5
Where: Tsubu Bar/café, Campus, rear 1888 Building

Food and drinks (alcoholic and non) available before and after the talk.

Come along for another fun, stimulating, informal evening of Philosophical Discussion.

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Philosophy Café with Zach Weber

Our next Philosophy Café will be held on Tuesday March 15. Dr. Zach Weber from the Philosophy Department will talk about Contradictions, and lead the discussion.

There are many practical situations where we have to deal with life’s inconsistencies: moral dilemmas, public policy, friendship and love. But are the contradictions real, or only apparent? We’ll talk about how to tell the difference between difficult situations and full- blown paradoxes, what to do about them.

When: 6:30pm for a 7pm start on Tuesday March 15
Where: Tsubu Bar/café, Campus, rear 1888 Building

Food and drinks (alcoholic and non) available before and after the talk.

Come along for an informal evening of Philosophical Discussion.

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Philosophy Café with Ralph Wedgwood: August 24

Our next Philosophy Café will be held on Tuesday August 24. Ralph Wedgwood from Oxford will talk about Same-Sex Marriage, and lead the discussion.

When: 6:30pm for a 7pm start on Tuesday August 24
Where: Tsubu Bar/café, Campus, rear 1888 Building

Food and drinks (alcoholic and non) available before and after the talk.

Come along for an informal evening of Philosophical Discussion.

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