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John Caputo: On Religion
John Caputo dedicated his book "On Religion" to Jacques Derrida "who loosened my tongue" thus allowing him to write this somewhat subversive book on religion. This is one of my favourite texts and a great inspiration in my life. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. A free copy can be downloaded from here: The book is shortish and very easy to read. Your organiser, Anne ... Directions for newcomers: ...

Reading Room, State Library NSW

Macquarie Street, near Parliament House · Sydney

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) (

English Speaking, Mate! (

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

iSpeak Toastmasters Club - Sydney (

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 (

We began under the banner of Sydney Philosophy Circle ( 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 (


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