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Past Meetings

1980s

1980s

 

1982

 

   

February​

How Philosophy Began

Dr James Moulder (Public Affairs, UCT)

March

The Concept of Violence

Prof Johan Degenaar, (Political Philosophy, University of Stellenbosch)

April

The Political consequences of Marxist Philosophy

Mr Alan Ryan (New College, Oxford University, UK)

May
A Perspective on Eastern Religion
Dr Jan Hofmeyer (Religious Studies, UCT)

August

Is Morality too Demanding?

Prof Thomas Nagel (New York University, USA)

September

Does Modern Physics Make Sense?

Prof John Juritz (Physics, UCT)

October

Realism in Literature

Prof John Coetzee (English, UCT)

November

The Existence of God

Mr Augustine Shutte (Philosophy, UCT)

 

1983

 

   

February

Computers and Our View of the World

Mr John Greene (Electrical Engineering, UCT)

March

Does Marxism have a Morality

Mr Alan Ryan (New College, Oxford University, UK)

April

The Origin of the Universe

Dr David Aschman (Physics, UCT)

May

The Idea of Mental Illness

Dr Lawrie Reznek (Medicine, UCT)

August

Chance, the Basis of Life

Mr Timothy McDermott (Computer Science, UCT)

September

Is the Mind the Brain?

Professor Jonathan Bennett (Philosophy, Syracuse University, UCT)

October

South Africa and the Open Society

Dr Andrew Prior (Political Science, UCT)

November

The Existence of God:  Part II

Dr Augustine Shutte (Philosophy, UCT)

 

1984

 

   

March

Image and Idea:  Reflections of Picasso’s Iconography

Prof Neville Dubow (Fine Art, UCT)

April

 

Mr Alan Ryan (New College, Oxford University, UK)

August

The Philosophy of Law Regarding Marriage

Fr Julien Hofman (Catholic Chaplain, Kolbe House, UCT)

September

Models of the Universe

Prof George Ellis (Applied Maths, UCT)

October

Culture and Cuisine

Prof Martin Versfeld (Emeritus, Philosophy, UCT)

November

Minds and Brains

Mr David Brooks (Philosophy, UCT)

 

1985

 

   

March

The Nature of Persons

Mr David Brooks (Philosophy, UCT)

April

The Nature of Persons

Dr Anton van Niekerk (Philosophy, Stellenbosch University)

May

The Nature of Persons

Dr James Moulder (Director of Public Relations, UCT)

August

The Nature of Persons

Mr Willem Landman (Philosophy, University of the Western Cape)

September

The Nature of Persons

Mr Paul Taylor (Philosophy, UCT)

October

The Nature of Persons

Prof Johan Degenaar (Political Philosophy, University of Stellenbosch)

 

1986

 

   

March

Socrates

Prof Martin Versfeld (Emeritus, Philosophy, UCT)

April

Plato

Prof Johan Degenaar (Political Philosophy, University of Stellenbosch

August

Augustine

Dr Augustine Shutte (Philosophy, UCT)

September

Aquinas

Dr Augustine Shutte (Philosophy, UCT)

October

The Rise of Science

Dr Barney Keaney (Philosophy, UCT)

November

Descartes

Dr Paul Taylor (Philosophy, UCT)

 

1987

 

   

February

Leibniz

Dr David Brooks (Philosophy, UCT)

March

Locke

Dr Paul Taylor (Philosophy, UCT)

April

Berkley

Mr Nicholas Hallam (Philosophy, UCT)

May

Hume

Prof Zak van Straaten (Philosophy, UCT)

July

Kant

Dr Augustine Shutte (Philosophy, UCT)

August

Marx

Ms Denise Meyerson (Philosophy, UCT)

September

Hegel

Prof Andre du Toit (Political Studies, UCT)

October

Bradley

Prof Ian Bunting (Philosophy, UCT)

 

1988

 

   

March

Popper’s Theory of Knowledge

Prof. Zak van Straaten (Philosophy, UCT)

April

Rationalist Theories of Knowledge: Historical & Contemporary

Prof. Ian Bunting (Philosophy, UCT)

May

Aristotle & the Aristotelian Tradition on Theories of Knowledge

Dr. Augustine Shutte (Philosophy, UCT)

June

Kant and Carnap on Knowledge

Dr David Brooks (Philosophy, UCT)

July

Empiricist Theories of Knowledge: Historical & Contemporary

Dr. Paul Taylor (Philosophy, UCT)

August

Moral Truth

Dr. Denise Meyerson (Philosophy, UCT)

September

Truth & Justice

Prof. Andre du Toit (Political Studies, UCT)

October

Social Knowledge & Explanation

Dr. Johann Mouton (Human Sciences Research Council)

 

1989

 

   

February

Symposium: The Nature of Philosophy and Philosophical Method

Prof. Zak van Straaten and a panel of symposiasts.

March

What is a literary work?

Dr. Paul Taylor (Philosophy, UCT)

April

Philosophy and the Good Life

Mr Peter Collins (Political Studies, UCT)

May

Selfishness and Altruism

Prof. Zak van Straaten & David Benatar, Patrick Giddy, Graham Williams (Philosophy, UCT)

July

Hayek, Popper and the Open Society

Mr Hans Middelmann (University Council, UCT)

August

Some psychological and philosophical considerations on death and dying

Prof Solomon Benatar (Medicine, UCT)

September

Body and Mind

Prof. Ian Bunting (Philosophy, UCT)

October

a) Dialogue between

Prof. Zak van Straaten (Philosophy, UCT) & Mr Jens Jacobsen.

 

b) Against Religion

Prof. Ken Jubber (Sociology, UCT)