6 Evenings of Philosophical Discussions

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St Mark's Hall, 250 George St, Fitzroy, VIc, Australia

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Philosophy Discussion Series

What are we doing here?  A series of discussions about the intersections between ancient and modern philosophy

In this six part discussion series we seek to foster a dialogue that brings together aspects of eastern and western philosophy. The objective is to develop a 21st Century philosophy that is informed by both the ancients and modern philosophy; one that is respectful of, yet freed from traditional constraints.

The discussions will be presented and facilitated by Dr Karl Smith, who started practicing yoga about the time that he commenced formal studies in western philosophy. For more than 20 years he has drawn on these two rather different traditions in his efforts to respond to the challenges of life in the modern world.

Like many modern yogis, Karl first turned to yoga in a quest for ancient insights that might help to explain, or correct, many of the things that are unsatisfactory about the world today. The authoritarian and disciplinarian tendencies of ancient traditions encountered along the way, however, lead to a deeper understanding of the riches and opportunities of the modern world.

These discussion will not seek any simple resolutions to life’s great questions. Instead, we will interrogate fundamental questions such as “Who am I?” “Who are we? and “How are we to live?” and explore some of the different ways that philosophers from different traditions -- both ancient and modern – have attempted to answer them.

There is no required reading, no homework and no assessment. There is no prior knowledge required either. All that is required is for you to come prepared to engage openly, critically and generously in ideas that might conflict with your beliefs. You need to be prepared to think differently, and to share your thoughts.

The series consists of 6 x 90 minute seminars, held weekly in the Blue Room at St Mark’s Church Hall, 250 George St, Fitzroy, on Wednesday evenings, 6.30–8 pm. Everyone who signs up for the full series will also receive a one hour one-on-one interview with Karl.

Cost: $ 90.00 full, $75 concession

         $ 20.00 / $ 18.00 per session for drop-ins*  (private interview not incl.)

 

* drop-ins will be accepted, but not encouraged – the aim of the series is for each week’s discussion to build on the preceding discussions. We will not have, or take time to revisit or review those earlier discussions in a way that would bring drop-ins up-to-speed.

Cancellation policy

There is no cancellation fee if you must withdraw before the series commences.

After the series has commenced, there will be a fee of 25% of the full series cost for each week attended.

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About the Organizer

Karl Smith started practicing yoga about the time that he dropped out of the rat race and began studying philosophy and sociology. After finishing a PhD in social theory / philosophy he was able to turn his attention more fully to yoga, both as practice and culture. He now works as a freelance philosopher, writer and and life coach. Karl lives and works in Melbourne, Australia. You can find his publications on his website and can contact him there or on Facebook.

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