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 (5+)

WC Smith on truth

Reading Room, State Library NSW

• What we'll do Consider this quote: "Theology is part of the traditions, is part of this world. Faith lies beyond theology, in the hearts of men. Truth lies beyond faith, in the heart of God." (WC Smith, MER, p167 of the pdf) pdf copy of MER (Meaning and End of Religion): https://www.dropbox.com/s/bxo8g2z66ii2mul/WC%20Smith%20-%20MER.pdf?dl=0 small (2 page) pdf with a collection of instances of where Smith has used the word "truth" in MER: https://www.dropbox.com/s/fa6u8hsstcx0hrz/truth-in-MER.pdf?dl=0 • Directions https://philosophiatopics.wordpress.com/2018/01/13/philosophia-directions/

Australia Day Weekend

Reading Room, State Library NSW

From your organiser: I will not be hosting or attending any meeting in the library on this weekend. The Saturday, Australia Day, is too crowded in the city. The Sunday and the long weekend Monday will have track work on my rail line. I will no longer travel to the city when track work disrupts the service. I hope that one of the co-organisers or event organisers will step in and offer something to our members. If you are not an organiser but have a topic idea, do let me know and I'll consider putting it up for you. In any case, I hope you all enjoy this long weekend. Your organiser, Anne ...

Henri Matisse: colour and light

Reading Room, State Library NSW

We will explore the use of colour and light in the work of Henri Matisse, with special attention to his final artwork, The Rosary Chapel in Vence. If you can access it (e.g. via SBS On Demand), I strongly recommend that you watch Simon Schama : Civilisations, Series 1:7. Radiance. The episode ends with a substantial look at the work of Henri Matisse. Please note that I've booked study room #1 for this discussion as we may be looking at art books that the librarians prefer to keep in sight. Your organiser, Anne ... • What to bring No food or water .. sorry .. :( • Important to know If this is your first attendance, please read the following directions for newcomers: https://philosophiatopics.files.wordpress.com/2018/01/ps-directions-2018.pdf ... Books to be requested: Matisse [2017] The Vence Chapel, Matisse, 1999 ... Photo: a detail of Matisse's Woman Before a Fish Bowl, 1922. ...

Islam and the Future of Tolerance

Dendy cinema, Newtown

Just FYI, this is a duplication of my IDW meet up event, but I thought it would be of interest to the philosophers as well. Tickets here: https://fan-force.com/screenings/islam-and-the-future-of-tolerance-dendy-cinema-newtown/ Information about the film here: http://www.islamandthefutureoftolerance.com/ There is a facebook event (please share) here: https://www.facebook.com/events/2237812186488601/ "In a world riven by violence and misunderstanding, prominent atheist author Sam Harris and Islamist-turned-liberal Muslim Maajid Nawaz seek to provide a remedy to the polarizing rhetoric and obscurantism around the topic of Islam." If you could book ASAP, and also share and invite people, we need a critical mass before Dendy confirms the screening.

Past Events

Sapiens/Homo Deus/21 Lessons

Reading Room, State Library NSW

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