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.

Following our monthly lecture, during the extended question and discussion period, additional comments are encouraged from those of our audience who may 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.

Lectures take place at 8pm on the first Tuesday of the month (except January). All are welcome. Admission is free. No prior booking is necessary.

The Existentialist Society has no formal membership, so there is no membership fee. Nevertheless, we pass the 'begging-bowls' around in an attempt to cover expenses. If one can afford it, $2 is adequate. Attendances vary from a low of 30 in the winter months to a high of 70-80, depending on speaker and topic.

Venue: Unitarian Hall, 110 Grey Street, East Melbourne (Melways Map 2G D2). Adjacent to the Epworth Freemasons Hospital. Opposite the old Mercy Hospital (now St Vincents Private Hospital).

Additional car parking from 7pm at rear of Hall, via laneway on left of building. Beware of 'Permit Only' parking restrictions in surrounding streets.

For links to other "Philosophical Activities", find our Message Board: https://www.meetup.com/Existentialist-Society/messages/boards/

See the Existentialist Society website for future lectures, past transcripts, links, etc: http://www.existentialistmelbourne.org

Facebook: Please comment on the lectures, and join in the ensuing discussions - https://www.facebook.com/Existentialist-Society-866984573402226/

Upcoming events (2)

Sea of Faith Network

Carlton Library Meeting Room,

Sea of Faith in Australia (SoFiA). Some of us are going along to the lecture/discussion at Melbourne SoFiA. This month's talk: "Chaplaincy, Spirituality and Pastoral Care for the Non-Religious: - Finding a meaningful common language." Rev Dr Paul Tonson (Progressive Agnostic Christian) will present the topic and lead the discussion. Coffee and conversation at the end of the meeting. Gold coin donation appreciated. SoFiA promotes the open exploration of religion, spirituality and meaning. They welcome ALL viewpoints, including Atheism. Melbourne SoFiA has been meeting monthly since the year 2000, and has a regular attendance of 15 to 25. Melbourne SoFiA: List of future topics - https://sof-in-australia.org/event/melbourne-group/ SoFiA website - http://www.sof-in-australia.org/ SoFiA Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/groups/sofiatalk/

Coffee and Conversation prior to the Existentialist Society lecture.

EXISTENTIALIST SOCIETY. Free Public Lecture at 8pm. Followed by an extended period of questions and discussion: "The Prospects of Digital Immortality." Speaker: Assoc. Prof. Patrick Stokes (Philosophy, Deakin University). For those wishing to stay around, the evening ends with another Meetup session of coffee, tea, biscuits and conversation. VENUE: Unitarian Hall, 110 Grey Street, East Melbourne. (Adjacent to the Epworth Freemasons Hospital). Melways Map 2G D2. Additional parking at rear of Hall. Enquiries: Secretary, David Miller. Telephone:[masked]. Future Existentialist Society lectures, past transcripts and links: http://www.existentialistmelbourne.org Find our Meetup's Message Board for links to other "Philosophical Activities" - https://www.meetup.com/Existentialist-Society/messages/boards/ Facebook: Please comment on the Existentialist Society's lectures, and join in the discussions - https://www.facebook.com/Existentialist-Society-866984573402226/

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