TIME/PLACE:7-8:30pm each Wednesday, 3460 Shelbourne Street (at Derby) - enter on Shelbourne St. side.
ample free parking and near bus stops
commit to attending 8 consecutive weeks if you can
WHAT IS IT?
Comfortable surroundings for vibrant street level discussions on issues fundamental to human existence. No formal philosophy training required; real life experience desired. All views are respectfully and enthusiastically welcome.
Philosophers' Forum is a series of gatherings featuring street level public conversation responding to the needs of a society under stress from unrelenting rapid change. Our singular focus has been the lifelong passion for the continuing search for meaning. Come and share your worldview or philosophy of life and hear about those of others like these.
Running for over 13 years, the Philosophers' Forum in Victoria is moderated by Daniel Keeran MSW, RSW, dedicated to supporting the diversity of views through the use of reflective listening. He comes with many years of experience in leading group discussion.
Believing philosophical inquiry and dialogue contribute to well-being, participants are encouraged to apply empathic reflection in all relationships and communications foroptimum social functioning. Empathy is "the ability to accurately feel and reflect the emotions and thoughts of the other person so that the person feels supported and understood."
Philosophers' Forum is a series of gatherings featuring street level public conversation responding to the needs of a society under stress from unrelenting rapid change. Our singular focus has been the lifelong passion for the continuing search for meaning.
We often have open-topic discussions.
Here are the kinds of things we discuss:
1. Is there objective morality?
2. Do humans possess unique value?
3. Does human life have meaning?
4. Polygamy or monogamy?
5. Theism or atheism?
6. If no afterlife, then....
7. Objective non-tangible reality?
8. Is it necessary to believe something?
9. Does time exist?
10. Do other people exist?
11. What is spirituality?
12. Is pacifism a good thing?
13. When does human life begin?
14. Secular sexuality?
15. Solutions for homelessness?
16. What is philosophy?
17. Why is there anything at all rather than nothing at all?
The sincere reflective statement (e.g. "What I hear you saying is....") is the fundamental communication tool used in Philosophers Forum Victoria to convey understanding of a differing view before presenting one's own view, especially when the other's view seems unclear to you or is expressed passionately. The format is open free-flowing, organic discussion without structure. The primary role of the Moderator is to stimulate thought and offer frequent reflections of what participants are saying.
"The Philosophers Forum is a wonderful way to engage others in meaningful discussion on fundamental issues of human existence and meaning, and all within an environment of safety, acceptance, and understanding rather than agreement."