The School of Philosophy organises various events and courses for the enjoyment of students and visitors. This page lists upcoming offerings that complement the School’s Philosophy courses and bring practical philosophy to everyday living.
You can also read more about featured events in the Features section of this site.
On the Calendar
Practical Wisdom Workshops
Our Practical Wisdom Workshops are here again! There’s one still left:
Time, location and registration
The event will take place from 10am to 12 noon.
- Location: School of Philosophy, 1 Through Street, Hawthorn. (Enter through Erasmus Primary School carpark off Through Street).
- Cost: $35
- Register here
Democracy on Trial
Saturday 30 November, 2019 — 10am to 12 noon
Presenter: Dr. Craig Hassed
Plato and his teacher, Socrates, put democracy as the second lowest of the five main forms of government described in the Republic - just one step above tyranny. In the modern day we tend to think democracy is the highest form of government.
What was Plato’s reason for doing this? Which view is right? Can reflecting on our own nature, or even modern neuroscience help to shed any light on the matter? Was Plato a product of his day or did he reveal timeless insights that shed light on modern politics and world events? If Plato was right, then what do modern liberal democracies have in store for the future?
Associate Professor Craig Hassed has taught at Monash University for nearly 30 years. Craig is regularly invited to speak and run courses in Australia and overseas in health, professional and educational contexts. He was the founding president of the Australian Teachers of Meditation Association, is a regular media commentator, and has published 13 books.
Just This Day
MEDITATE | REFLECT | WALK | SHARE
Wednesday 27th November, 2019
An annual worldwide celebration of the space of silence that we all share.
Our world is busy, and in the turmoil we forget we all share the same space.
Go beyond nationality, religious difference and division, and remember the still, silent present where everything is united.
That space is the same in cities or fields, up mountains or in valleys In work, study or play, in fortune or adversity, in peace or conflict.
In fact, wherever YOU are, It belongs to us all.
Join us for evening meditation @ 7pm in MacLaren Hall, followed by a walk on a labyrinth made with poppies and illuminated by tea lights to the sounds of soothing elemental chimes.
Alternatively meditate and solo walk at any time between 7:30am and 8:30pm.