Philosophy and Current Affairs

Philosophy is held on the 1st and 3rd Fridays of the month. It runs from 10:00am to 11:30am in the Sunbury Footy Club Boardroom. The philosophy group offers a group discussion following an audio lecture / podcast on philosophical matters.  It provides some introduction to the thinking of great philosophers up to the modern day and always keeps one eye focused on practice to help the group confront its own moral prejudices and hypocrisies.

Current Affairs is held on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of the month. It runs from 10:00am to 11:30am in the Sunbury Footy Club Boardroom. An opportunity to discuss current affairs with the help of an audio lecture / podcast or guest facilitator.  The topic for the next session will be agreed by the group.

The Philosophy group is using the ABC “Philosophy Zone” podcasts as the basis for topics. They are always interesting and generate lively conversations. The Current Affairs group is also using a variety of ABC podcasts to select topics which are current, interesting and relevant. We have kept some of the past sessions displayed below to give an indication of the themes covered. The details of upcoming Philosophy and Current Affairs sessions are usually added to the website on a weekly basis.

Philosophy sessions:

July 19 – Philosopher, Karl Popper

The first topic for the new term will highlight the famous Philosopher, Karl Popper. Public health and “open society” will be featured.

June 21 – Irrationality

Irrationality. Is human society fated to be irrational? The crazy far right?

May 17 – Mugged by reality

From the podcast  “The Philosophical Examination.” We will discuss the serious consequences for society from consuming Reality TV.

Current Affairs sessions:

June 28 – A Variety of Current Affairs topics

Last day of Term 2 – Looking at a variety of topics for about10 minutes each: Voluntary Euthanasia in Vic, Latest on MH17 charges (comments from Julie Bishop, foreign affairs minister at the time) and Israel Folau crowdfunding.

May 10 – Podcast – The Economists View of Ageing Australia

An interesting and relevant discussion for us to share…. Is it a time bomb, a crisis or a gentle change of life? All welcome.

Looking forward to Fridays!
John Hall
Group Leader