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.

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The Good Life: Different Perspectives

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We all want our lives to actualise some conception of "The Good Life" where this notion will generally include fulfilment, happiness or wellbeing for ourselves, our family, friends and other people. In addition, for many, to live the good life also entails living with concern for both self and others based on moral and practical or prudential considerations. Is the good life about experiencing lasting pleasure and minimizing suffering as Hedonism suggests? In contrast, Altruism proposes we should do "the most good" we can through our life choices, practical efforts and effective charity while Humanism promotes acting on values and concern for outcomes which respect and support other people and better their opportunities in the world. Akiva and Usha will explore perspectives on the good life as conceived by various philosophers, traditions and writers including Plato, Aristotle, Epicurus, Hugh Mackay, Peter Singer, Gretchen Rubin and Alain de Botton. They will present the Hedonist perspective on the pursuit of happiness as constitutive of the good life and discuss how Altruist and Humanist approaches contrast with a focus on pleasure. Akiva will explore ideas about the good life as intrinsically and extrinsically related to a moral life. Usha will present some elements of a good life as laid out by Aristotle in the Nicomachean Ethics and will also briefly cover the concept of "eudaimonia" or "flourishing or prosperity" as it ties in with the good life. Bios: Akiva Quinn's first, true love - in the realm of ideas - is philosophy, especially the sort of practical wisdom explored in applied ethics, moral, political, and social theory, or praxis. He studied philosophy and sociology at Monash University and completed an MA there in 2010. Akiva enjoys philosophy and literature, with a focus on meaning and morality, and has co-presented workshops on living well and meaning in life. His other training is in computer science and he works in software development where logic and reason also play key roles and meaning can be crafted as well. Usha Sista is a learning and development professional. She has a PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience and Masters in English as well as Molecular Biotechnology. Some of her key areas of interest are neurobiology of well-being and the behavioural and neurobiological underpinnings of deviant behaviour. She is a voracious reader and also paints and dabbles with photography and filmmaking. Usha is contemplating on establishing a literary magazine. She is also crafting the details of her newly established consulting venture. Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85266308513 Meeting ID:[masked] One tap mobile [masked],,[masked]# Australia [masked],,[masked]# Australia Dial by your location [masked] Australia [masked] Australia [masked] Australia [masked] Australia [masked] Australia [masked] US (Germantown) [masked] US (Chicago) [masked] US (Houston) [masked] US (New York) [masked] US (San Jose) [masked] US (Tacoma) Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kLNQTmAo0 If you don't already have the Zoom app installed on your computer, tablet or smartphone, when you first click on the Zoom link, you'll be prompted to download and install the app. Once that completes, you'll be taken to the online waiting room where I will let you in. How to join a Zoom meeting: https://www.youtube.com/embed/hIkCmbvAHQQ https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362193-Joining-a-Meeting How to join and use Zoom controls in a meeting: https://blogs.otago.ac.nz/zoom/how-to-join-a-zoom-meeting-step-by-step/ Join our Philosophy Matters Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85266308513

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Meaning in Life: Existentialism

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