What we're about

The Existentialist Society is for those who question whether life has a meaning and a purpose. And for those who despairingly ponder whether one can live without self-deception or without hedonistic escapism. Yet who, despite the anguish of life's futility and meaninglessness, still seek purpose and an authentic existence.

The Existentialist Society is for those who are fascinated by the ideas of Simone de Beauvoir, Nicholas Berdyaev, Martin Buber, Rudolph Bultmann, Albert Camus, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Viktor Frankl, Martin Heidegger, Karl Jaspers, Franz Kafka, Nikos Kazantzakis, Soren Kierkegaard, R.D. Laing, Gabriel Marcel, Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Friedrich Nietzsche, Jean-Paul Sartre, Max Stirner, Paul Tillich, Colin Wilson, etc.

'Existentialism' is an umbrella term covering diverse and often conflicting schools of thought. Consequently we are not agreed on who or what is an Existentialist; we simply agree to disagree. 
Inspired by the Student Revolt of the late Sixties, the Existentialist Society commenced in 1971.

LECTURES take place at 2pm on the first Saturday of the month (except January). All are welcome. Participation is free.
NOTE: Due to the pandemic, our physical Meetups and lectures have been cancelled. Our lectures are now online via Zoom.

Following our monthly lecture, during the extended question and discussion period, additional comments are encouraged from those of our participants who might have more knowledge than the speaker on particular aspects of the topic, as well as from those who have an alternative viewpoint. 
Sometimes our lecture topics have no direct bearing upon Existentialism. The speakers on such topics may or may not be conversant with Existentialism.

The Existentialist Society has no formal membership, so there is no membership fee.

See the Existentialist Society website for future lectures, past transcripts and videos etc: www.existentialistmelbourne.org

Facebook: Please feel free to comment on the lectures: - www.facebook.com/Existentialist-Society-866984573402226/

Upcoming events (4+)

Barrett/Kellner/Taubeneck on Martin Heidegger

Online event

HIGH ONTOLOGY with Scott and Dan - Canada.
Some of us are participating in their online presentation/discussion.

Details: https://www.meetup.com/Scott-and-Dans-High-Ontology/events/lgcttsydchbhb/
RSVP on the High Ontology Meetup page and the Link will appear on their page.

6pm Thursday in British Columbia is 11am Friday Melbourne-time.

Ancient Egypt's Nubian Pharaohs

Online event

Our monthly online Meetup presentation on the History of Religion.
David Miller will introduce the topic and lead the discussion.
All viewpoints welcome.

What do the historians and archaeologists think of the Bible's veracity?
The Biblical Legends are an amalgamation of history and mythology.
But how much of each?

The Nubian Pharaohs from the Kingdom of Kush in Sudan, in their unsuccessful attempt to regain the New Kingdom (the old Egyptian Empire) by pushing the Assyrian Empire out of the Levant, teamed up in 701 BC with the King of Judah, Hezekiah. (2 Kings 18, 2 Chronicles 29, Isaiah 36).

Wikipedia: Twenty-fifth Dynasty of Egypt.

The ZOOM link will appear for those who RSVP.
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Existentialist Society's Website

Buddhism, Science and Mental Health

Online event

PHILOSOPHER'S BAZAAR - Melbourne, Australia.
Some of us are participating in their online lecture/discussion.

Details: https://www.meetup.com/The-Philosophers-Bazaar/events/284873317/
RSVP on the Philosopher's Bazaar Meetup page and the Link will appear on their page.

Is Moral Reasoning Innate or Learned?

Online event

Some of us are participating in SoFiA's online lecture.
Lev Lafayette (International Society for Philosophers)
will present the topic and lead the discussion.

SoFiA promotes the open exploration of religion, spirituality and the search for meaning. They welcome ALL viewpoints, including Atheism.

The Zoom link will appear on this page for those who RSVP.
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SOFiA Website.

Facebook: 'Sofiatalk' - Your opinions would be appreciated in their ongoing discussions.

Past events (278)

Meaning in Life: John Vervaeke

Online event

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