What we're about

Philosophy Matters is for people who think deeply about the big questions in life and about the universe. Does God exist? Is morality subjective? How do we sort genuine knowledge from mere opinion? How is our minds related to our brains? Is this world just an illusion? If these are the kinds of questions that bug you, then join this Meetup. We discuss questions in all areas of philosophy: ethics, epistemology, logic and metaphysics.

We are called 'Philosophy Matters' because we are also deeply interested in questions that impact our daily lives. Are we obligated to help people in far away countries? Is abortion ever permissible? What form of democracy works best? Should we teach creationism in our schools? Come and join our conversation at our monthly meetings. Be prepared to argue for your views and to be challenged. In this group, members are not content to simply state their opinions. In the true spirit of philosophical discourse, we back up our views with reasons, not feelings or intuition.

Upcoming events (2)

Problem of Evil: Part 2 of 3 (Character Building)

Balwyn Library

Does the existence of evil, pain and suffering pose a serious objection to the belief that God exists? Is there a reason for why an all-knowing, all-loving and all-powerful divine being would allow such suffering? In this second talk in this series on the philosophical Problem of Evil, Leslie Allan will review just such a reason that is commonly offered by theists. This popular defence is that the existence of pain and suffering is necessary for the development of good moral characters and the performance of virtuous acts, such as bravery and charity. What do you think of this defence? Can it overcome objections? Come to this Meetup and share your views. If you didn't attend the first talk, don't fret. The speaker will do a brief recap of his previous talk. This talk is based on Leslie Allan's essay 'The Problem of Evil' at www.RationalRealm.com/philosophy/metaphysics/problem-of-evil.html For background reading, check out: 'Logical Problem of Evil' https://www.iep.utm.edu/evil-log/ 'The Evidential Problem of Evil' https://www.iep.utm.edu/evil-evi/ 'The Problem of Evil' https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/evil/ (more technical) Your gold coin donation at the door to help cover costs is appreciated. Balwyn Library is next door to McDonald's Balwyn. We're in Meeting Room 1 - enter from car park on right-hand (western) side of Library. Tram 109 runs from city to Box Hill. From city, get off at stop 48. From Box Hill, get off at Northcote Ave stop.

Problem of Evil: Part 3 of 3 (Skeptical Theism)

Phyllis Hore Room at Kew Public Library

The existence of evil, pain and suffering poses a very thorny problem for people who believe that an all-knowing, all-loving and all-powerful divine being watches over us. Many philosophers and theologians have offered reasons for why a God would allow suffering. But such reasons have not proved convincing. A way out of the need to even provide a reason is to say that human beings do not have the intellectual capacity to comprehend the reason, even if it was disclosed. Is this strategy successful? In this final part of this series on the Problem of Evil, Leslie Allan will consider whether the Skeptical Theists' attempt to avoid the problem of evil only creates even bigger problems and paradoxes. If you didn't attend the earlier talks, don't fret. The speaker will do a brief recap of his previous two talks. This talk is based on Leslie Allan's essay 'The Problem of Evil' at www.RationalRealm.com/philosophy/metaphysics/problem-of-evil.html For background reading, check out: 'Logical Problem of Evil' https://www.iep.utm.edu/evil-log/ 'The Evidential Problem of Evil' https://www.iep.utm.edu/evil-evi/ 'The Problem of Evil' https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/evil/ (more technical) Your gold coin donation at the door to help cover costs is appreciated. Kew Library is located on the corner of Cotham Road and Civic Drive, Kew. Catch the No. 48 or 109 tram from the city or the No. 16 tram up Glenferrie Rd. If driving, park in Civic Parade. Look for the sign displaying "Phyllis Hore Room" to the left of the main library entrance on Civic Parade.

Past events (5)

Problem of Evil: Part 1 of 3 (Free Will)

Phyllis Hore Room at Kew Public Library

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