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Past Meetings

1990s

 

1990

 

 

March

The Idea of Intellectual Progress

Prof Zak van Straaten (Philosophy, UCT)

April

Literary Aesthetics:  The Author in the Text

Dr Paul Taylor (Philosophy, UCT)

June

The Ethics of the Struggle:  Application of the Just War Theory to the Question of Armed Struggle in South Africa

Dr Augustine Shutte (Philosophy, UCT)

August

Free Will and Free Action

Mr Francis Williamson (Philosophy, UCT)

September

Is life a dream?

Dr David Brooks (Philosophy, UCT)

 

1991

 

 

 

 

 

April

Psychology and Philosophy

Prof. Peter Du Preez (Psychology, UCT)

May

Philosophy and the Environment

Prof. Roy Siegfried (Zoology, UCT)

June

Philosophy and Medicine

Prof. Solomon Benatar (Medicine, UCT)

July

Linguistics and Philosophy

Dr. Nigel Love (Linguistics, UCT)

August

Physics and Philosophy

Prof. Raoul Viollier (Physics, UCT)

September

Science and Ideology

Dr. Melvyn Goldberg (Sociology, UCT)

October

Cosmology and Philosophy

Prof George Ellis (Mathematics, UCT)

 

1992

 

 

 

 

 

March

Graveyard, Battlefield and Supermarket Politics

Prof. Andrew Prior (Political Studies, UCT)

April

Constitutional Options for the New South Africa

Dr. David Brooks (Philosophy, UCT)

May

African Conceptions of Humanity

Dr. Augustine Shutte (Philosophy, UCT)

June

The Politics of Property

Mr Graham Williams (Philosophy, UCT)

August

Politics and Writing

Prof. Paul Taylor (Philosophy, UCT)

September

Conversations in a Colony

Dr. Anthony Holliday (Philosophy, University of the Western Cape)

October

Affirmative Action

Dr. Denise Meyerson (Philosophy, UCT)

 

1993

 

 

 

 

 

April

The Value of Prayer

Dr Augustine Shutte (Philosophy, UCT)

May

Aesthetics

Dr David Novitz (Philosophy, University of Canterbury, NZ)

June

Law and Morality

Dr Denise Meyerson (Philosophy, UCT)

August

What is Consciousness?

Prof. David Armstrong (Philosophy, University of Sydney, Australia)

September

Truth in Literature

Prof. Paul Taylor (Philosophy, UCT)

October

The Ethics of Research:  A Case Study

Prof. Philip Pettit (Australian National University)

November

 

Dr. Zuzane Parusnikova

 

1994

 

 

 

 

 

March

The ethics and metaphysics of gender

Dr Augustine Shutte (Philosophy, UCT)

April

Stanley Fish’s Postmodern Theory of Literary Interpretation

Prof Paul Taylor (Philosophy, UCT)

May

Ethics in the Physical and Social Environment

Prof Odera Oruka (Philosophy, University of Nairobi)

June

Ethics, Reproduction and the Law

Prof Denise Meyerson (Philosophy, UCT)

November

The Unity of Science

Prof David Brooks (Philosophy, UCT)

 

1995

 

 

 

August

The Ethics of Humour

Dr David Benatar (University of Wisconsin – Madison, USA)

October

The Unity of Self

Prof David Brooks (Philosophy, UCT)

October

The Concept of Art

Prof Paul Taylor (Philosophy, UCT)

November

 (i)  Is there ever any justification for torture?
(ii) What is justice? - (with the emphasis on the truth commission).
(iii)  Is there a place for patriotism in modern society?
(iv) A layperson’s introduction to academic/analytical western philosophy as practiced at university

General discussion. No speaker

 

1996

 

 

 

 

 

March

Human Scale Development theory as applied to South African politics of the past and as a tool utilised by the Truth and Reconciliation commission.

Mr Wilhelm Verwoerd (Philosophy, University of Stellenbosch)

April

On the Foundations of an Ethics of Environmental Concern.

Dr Johan Hatting (Philosophy, University of Stellenbosch)

May

Exploring Film Images Creatively

Professor Johan Degenaar (Emeritus, Philosophy, University of Stellenbosch)

June

Socratic Dialectic and the Athenian City-State

Dr Andrew Nash (Philosophy, University of the Western Cape)

August

Are there any values that Nietzsche champions?

Dr Shaun Smith (Philosophy, UCT)

September

What, if any, inequalities in wealth are justified?

Prof Denise Meyerson (Philosophy, UCT)

October

On Miracles: Is there a rational basis for believing in miracles?

Dr Steve Clarke (Philosophy, UCT)

November

On the development of European Moral Values

Dr Augustine Shutte (Philosophy, UCT)

 

1997

 

 

 

 

 

April

Complexity Theory

Dr Paul Cilliers (Philosophy, Stellenbosch University)

May

Art and the meaning of life: Carl Gustav Jung: Art as Activation of Eternal Symbols

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

June

The Mind. What is it, and how is it viewed? 

Dr Stuart Barnum (Philosophy, UCT)

September

The Argument from Evil

Dr David Benatar (Philosophy, UCT)

October

Truth

Prof Cheryl Misak (Philosophy, University of Toronto, Canada)

November

Recent Debates in Democratic Theory

Prof Ian Shapiro (Political Studies, Yale University, USA)

 

1998

 

 

 

 

 

March

Some Reflections on Paradox

Prof Laurence Goldstein (Philosophy, UCT & University of Hong Kong)

April

Rethinking Communities: Environmental Ethics in an Urbanised World

Dr Alastair Gunn (Waikato University, New Zealand)

May

The Genius of Isaiah Berlin?

Mr Peter Collins (Political Studies, UCT)

June

Are our words meaningless?

Mr Greg Fried (Philosophy, UCT)

August

A Short History of Twentieth Century Literary Theory

Prof Paul Taylor (Philosophy, UCT)

September

The Concept of Discrimination and the South African Constitution

Prof Denise Meyerson (Private Law, UCT)

October

Lewis Carroll: The Man, his Logic and Literature

Ms Jessica Tiffin (English, UCT) & Dr Kenneth Hughes (Mathematics, UCT)

November

Justice and the TRC?

Mr Wilhelm Verwoerd (Philosophy, University of Stellenbosch)

 

1999

 

   

March

What Good is Ethics?

Dr John Williams (Director of Ethics: Canadian Medical Association)

April

Lucky in Love

Prof Michael Levine (Philosophy, University of Western Australia)

May

Ludwig Wittgenstein: Greatest Mind of the Century?

Prof Laurence Goldstein (Philosophy, UCT & University of Hong Kong)

June

Philosophical Reflections on Legalising Gambling

Mr Peter Collins (Management Studies, UCT)

August

Sex and Personal Privacy

Prof James Rachels (Philosophy, University of Alabama – Birmingham, USA)

September

The Value of Intellectualism

Mr Jacques Rousseau (Philosophy, UCT)

October

The World and Our Knowledge of it: What they said in the 20th Century

Prof Paul Taylor (Philosophy, UCT)

November

An Introduction to Business Ethics

Dr Elaine Sternberg (Leeds University, UK)