What we're about

Please note that we organise discussion groups around philosophical topics. We are *not* primarily about helping people with their English language skills. It is assumed that a reasonable level of English has already been acquired *or* that a participant will make courteous allowances for their own deficiencies.

People who are looking for English conversation of an informal kind could try:

English Club - Speak, Learn and Share English (Sydney) (http://www.meetup.com/Sydney-english/)

English Speaking, Mate! (http://www.meetup.com/Sydney-Learn-English-Meetup/)

If your English is good but you want to improve your speaking skills, try this:

iSpeak Toastmasters Club - Sydney (http://www.meetup.com/iSpeak-Toastmasters-Club/)


PhiloSophia brings together people with a range of cultural interests relating to philosophy, understood in a variety of ways (Western, Eastern, as a search for intellectual clarity or wisdom or spirituality).

Past topics have included a look at key philosophers like Plato, Kant, Bergson, Dewey, Popper, Feyerabend, Thoreau, Hick. We've also considered Freud, Jung, Frankl, Eliade, Hillman, Sagan. Topics have included Sexist Harassment, Economic Alternatives, Yijing, Shamanism, Islam.

We have also focussed a good deal on the history of our species, Sapiens, and reflected on the implications for our future.

We operate out of the State Library of NSW, using their study rooms on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Newcomers should read our info sheet on library directions (http://files.meetup.com/18897068/ps-directions-2016-pdf.pdf).

We began under the banner of Sydney Philosophy Circle (http://www.meetup.com/SydneyPhilosophyCircle/) but will now specialise within this, our very own meetup group.

Although our main activity is discussions in small groups, we also enjoy other cultural activities and we promote especially an interest in classical music. However, member interest may bring us to expand in this.


Because there are costs in running a group like this, we do ask for a donation toward our costs. This can take the form of a member annual subscription of $10($5concession). Alternatively, you can drop a gold coin into our collection jar whenever you attend. Most of our meetings are free events, but there are some exceptions.

You can learn more by visiting our Pages, starting with the "About Us" page (http://www.meetup.com/PhiloSophiaSydney/about/).


Last edited by anne, 26Jun2016.

Upcoming events (2)

Blake - Auguries of Innocence

Reading Room, State Library NSW

For this month's poetry discussion, I thought we could look at William Blake's poem titled "Auguries of Innocence". The famous first stanza (shown in the photo, in Blake's own hand) came to mind when I read these lines from the Cummings poem we explored in our last session: may came home with a smooth round stone as small as a world and as large as alone. What do you think? Was Cummings inspired by Blake? Because the 3rd Saturday of April falls on the Easter weekend, it has been decided to skip this month and do Blake in May. Your host/organiser, Anne ... Directions for newcomers: https://philosophiatopics.files.wordpress.com/2018/01/ps-directions-2018.pdf ...

Jonathan Haidt - "The Righteous Mind"

Reading Room, State Library NSW

A discussion on Jonathan Haidt's "The Righteous Mind". To prepare I would strongly advise reading the book because the discussion will take the form of the different parts of the book, those being: Part I Intuitions Come First, Strategic Reasoning Second Part II There’s More to Morality than Harm and Fairness Part III Morality Binds and Blinds However, there are plenty of resources out there, a good place to start is the discussions on the book that can be found here: https://righteousmind.com/about-the-book/discussions-of-the-book/ ... Directions for newcomers: https://philosophiatopics.files.wordpress.com/2018/01/ps-directions-2018.pdf ...

Past events (287)

The philosophy of Mind/AI journey #1 - Starting with Hospers

Reading Room, State Library NSW

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