Coffee and Conversation prior to the Existentialist Society lecture.


Free Public Lecture:

- followed by an extended period of questions and discussion.

8pm, Tuesday 5th November 2013 - Melbourne Cup Day.

"Martin Heidegger and Ernst Cassirer on Human Existence".

Speaker: Dr. Ian Weeks (International and Political Studies, Deakin University)

(Ian has addressed the Existentialist Society on a number of occasions. His previous lecture, in July 2007, was "Two types of Existentialism: Kierkegaard and his opponents").

Venue: Unitarian Hall, 110 Grey Street, East Melbourne. 

(Melways Map 2G D2). Additional parking at rear of Hall.

Enquiries: Secretary, David Miller. Telephone: 9467 2063.

Future Existentialist Society lectures, past transcripts and links:

The evening ends with another session of coffee, tea, biscuits and conversation.

Click on the "Our Calendar" logo (in the left column of this page) to find the dates of some other philosophical happenings, etc. And click on the "Discussions" tab at the top of the page for links to other philosophical activities, etc.


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  • David M.

    Hello Myrtle,
    Ernst Cassirer (1874 - 1945) was a German Philosopher.
    Wikipedia informs us, "In 1929 Cassirer took part in an historically significant encounter with Martin Heidegger in Davos".
    And in his last book, 'The Myth of the State', "Cassirer claimed that in 20th century politics there was a return, with the passive acquiescence of Martin Heidegger, to the irrationality of myth, and in particular to a belief that there is such a thing as destiny. Of this passive acquiescence, Cassirer says that....Heidegger attenuated the ability of philosophy to oppose the resurgence of myth in German politics of the 1930s."

    October 15, 2013

  • Myrtle

    Who is Ernst Cassirer?

    October 12, 2013

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