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Past Meetings

2000s

 

2000

 

   

March

The Truth about False Consciousness

Dr Jason Myers (Political Studies, UCT)

April

Non-Religious Approaches to the Meaning of Life

Dr Thaddeus Metz (Philosophy, University of Missouri - St. Louis, USA)

May

Is Repression Working for You?

Dr Elisa Galgut (Philosophy, UCT)

June

Romantic Love

Profs Robert Solomon and Kathleen Higgins(Philosophy, University of Texas at Austin, USA)

August

The Value of Freedom of Action and Will

Prof Mark Leon(Philosophy, University of the Witwatersrand)

September

Achieving Ataraxy without God or Drugs: the Doctrine of Epicurus

Dr Chuck Chandler (Classics, UCT)

October

Problems of Uncertain Knowledge: The AIDS Epidemic

Dr Kenneth Hughes (Mathematics, UCT)

November

The idea of motion in Hegel's story of the self

Prof John Noyes (German, UCT)

 

2001

 

 

 

 

 

March

When is Toleration Intolerable?

Prof Stephen Nathanson (Philosophy, Northeastern University, USA)

April

In Defence of Gullibility

Mr Jeremy Wanderer (Philosophy, UCT and London School of Economics,)

May

Why Animals Have No Rights

Prof Tibor Machan (Chapman University & Stanford University, USA)

June

Thought, world, deed, word

Prof David Cockburn (Philosophy, University of Wales, Lampeter)

August

The Meanings of Life

Prof David Schmidtz (Philosophy, University of Arizona, USA)

October

The Philosophical Life

Mr Mark Ralkowski (Philosophy, UCT)

November

Is this the best of all possible worlds?

Mr Alan Malachowski (Philosophy, University of East Anglia, UK)

 

2002

 

 

 

 

 

March

The Ethics of Remembering

Mr Mark Ralkowski(Philosophy, UCT)

April

Friendship

Prof Laurence Thomas (Philosophy, Syracuse University, USA)

May

The Good and the Beautiful

Dr Elisa Galgut (Philosophy, UCT)

July

The Relation Between Ethics and Science in the Human Genome Project

Prof Eric Meslin (Centre for Bioethics, Indiana University, USA)

August

Mind Reading

Dr Jeremy Wanderer (Philosophy, UCT)

September

What is Art?

Dr Paul Taylor (formerly Philosophy, UCT)

October

Slavery and symbol-blindness

Dr Anthony Holiday (School of Government, University of the Western Cape)

November

What is a number?

Mr Greg Fried (History and Philosophy of Science, Cambridge University, UK)

 

2003

 

 

 

 

 

February

Spirituality, Science and Morality

Prof John Cottingham (Philosophy, Reading University, UK)

March

A Night of Philosophical Humour

Mr Laurence Wilse-Samson & Mr Sean Wilson (UCT)

April

Practical Consequences of Disagreements About The Sources of Morality: Two Topical Issues from International Politics

Prof Don Ross (Economics, UCT)

May

Mickey Mouse, Ivory Towers and What should be taught at Universities.

Prof Peter Collins (Salford University, UK)

June

Why homosexuality is not immoral

Mr Jeremy Allcock (formerly, Philosophy, Rhodes University)

August

Hume’s Theory of Mind

Dr Elisa Galgut (Philosophy, UCT)

September

What is Reason?

Prof Emmanuel Eze (Philosophy, De Paul University, USA)

October

Spinoza, Spinozism and Radical Unbelief

Dr Kenneth Hughes (Mathematics, UCT)

 

2004

 

 

 

 

 

February

Is respect for autonomy an ideological illusion in contemporary bioethics?

Prof Len Doyal (Queen Mary’s School of Medicine & Dentistry, University of London, UK)

March

Trust

Dr Jeremy Wanderer (Philosophy, UCT)

April

Love, truth and the demon: ideas in Iris Murdoch's novels

Dr Greg Fried (Philosophy, UCT)

May

What is wrong with atheism?

Prof Peter Collins (Salford University, UK)

July

Philosophical Word Power

Ms Gail Solomons (Classics, UCT)

August

"Death is nothing to us" (Epicurus). So why is killing people wrong?

Dr Chuck Chandler (Classics, UCT)

September

Knowledge and Uncertainty in Morals

Prof Oswald Hanfling (The Open University, UK)

October

Does Science really tell us about the real world?

Dr Robert Segall (Philosophy, UCT)

 

2005

 

 

 

 

 

February

An answer to the cynicism of Plato’s Glaucon and of Machiavelli.

Prof Peter Collins (Salford University, UK)

March

What is Philosophical Counselling?

Ms Helen Douglas (Philosophy in Practice, Kalk Bay)

April

Logic and Language

Dr Bernhard Weiss (Philosophy, UCT)

May

Existentialism: The Life and Work of Jean-Paul Sartre

Dr Augustine Shutte (Philosophy, UCT)

July

What can we know?

Mr Jacques Rousseau (Management Studies, UCT)

August

The Morality of a Moral Statute of Limitations on Injustice

Dr Rodney Roberts (Philosophy, East Carolina University, USA & Fulbright Visiting Scholar, UCT)

September

Better Than Well: Enhancement Technologies and the Pursuit of Happiness

Prof Carl Elliott (Center for Bioethics, University of Minnesota, USA)

October

The Value of Online Counselling

Dr Greg Fried (Independent Scholar, Cape Town)

 

2006

 

 

 

 

 

February

Why Does Freud Matter to Philosophy?

Dr Elisa Galgut (Philosophy, UCT)

March

John Stuart Mill: Liberty versus utility? Some practical implications for private vice and public services

Prof Peter Collins (Salford University, UK)

April

Shifting Landscapes: The New Face of Contemporary Philosophy

Dr Anthony Holiday (Emeritus, School of Government, University of the Western Cape)

May

Putting the Magic Back into Philosophy

Prof Simon Beck (Philosophy, University of KwaZulu-Natal)

August

Selling the body: commercialism, commodification, and human reproduction

Prof Ruth Macklin (Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Yeshiva University, USA)

September

"Our Vision and our Mission": Bullshit in public life and how to detect it.

Dr Ben Kotzee (Philosophy, UCT)

October

The Philosopher's Cold War

Prof Andrew Nash (Political Studies, UCT)

 

2007

 

 

 

 

 

February

Can Severe Disability Justify Medically and Surgically Retarding the Growth of a Child?The Case of Ashley X, the ‘Pillow Angel’

Prof Len Doyal (Emeritus, Queen Mary’s School of Medicine & Dentistry, University of London, UK)

March

The Political Philosophy of Hannah Arendt:A Succinct Overview

Prof Maurizio Passerin d’Entreves (Philosophy, UCT)

April

What’s Wrong with Cynicism?

Dr Samantha Vice (Philosophy, Rhodes University)

May

Racism, Pragmatism and Perfectionism

Prof Paul C. Taylor (Philosophy, Temple University, USA)

July

Dignity: Alienable and Inalienable

Prof Raimond Gaita (Philosophy, King’s College London & Australian Catholic University)

September

The Coherence of Contingent Identity

Mr Murali Ramachandran (Philosophy, Sussex University, UK)

October

The Personal Heresy in Philosophy

Dr Kenneth Hughes (Mathematics, UCT)

 

2008

 

 

 

 

 

February

Reading Minds: Mentalization and Literary Engagement

Dr Elisa Galgut (Philosophy, UCT)

March

Experience, Narrative, and Ethical Objectivity

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

April

Retributive Justice, Restorative Justice and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission

Dr Lucy Allais (Philosophy, University of the Witwatersrand)

May

Motive and right action

Dr Liezl van Zyl (Philosophy, University of Waikato, New Zealand)

June

Rogue Taxidermy and the Ethics of Body Worlds

Prof Carl Elliott (Philosophy, University of Minnesota, USA)

July

Poets, Personae, Thoughtwriters

Prof Kendall Walton (Philosophy, University of Michigan, USA)

August

Why Philosophy gets no respect

Zak Van Straaten (Former Professor of Philosophy, UCT)

September

Metaphysics as Metaphor

Dr Jack Ritchie (Philosophy, UCT)

October

Socialism and Philosophy

Dr Ken Hughes (Mathematics, UCT)

 

2009

 

 

 

 

 

February

Plato's Republic in the Athenian Context

Prof Debra Nails(Michigan State University)

March

Forgiveness and Repentance

Prof Martin Perlmutter (College of Charleston)

April

What should we expect of government? A famous seventeenth century account.

Dr Gregory Fried (Philosophy, UCT)

May

The Really Hard Problem: Meaning in a Material World.

Prof Owen Flanagan(Duke University)

August

Rape, its Harm, and Philosophy

Prof Ward Jones (Rhodes University)

September

Do I Walk with my Dog?

Prof Bernhard Weiss (Philosophy, UCT)

October

Do paintings resemble what they represent?

Dr Elisa Galgut (Philosophy, UCT)