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Philo Agora 2016

7.00 for 7:30 at 10 Shepherd St, Chippendale NSW 2008. (0457 749 310)

Twice a month! Philo Agora meets at Humanist House, 10 Shepherd St, Chippendale NSW 2008.

We will meet on the second and fourth Monday of every month. The second Monday will be our normal presentation from a guest speaker whilst the fourth Monday will be a less structured open forum for those just looking to just hang out. Don't let the Humanist word worry you, we are still ratbag philosophers.

Monday 12 September, Peter Bowden, An Overriding Ethical Guideline

The world today faces many ethical questions – gay marriage, children from such marriages, abortion, cloning, the increasing inequity in the distribution of wealth and income, human induced global warming; how we are considering the needs of the next generation, the use of drones, collateral damage, the right to declare war, putting refugees in detention offshore, even the right for asylum seekers to seek refuge in your country etc., etc. Millions support one side or the other.

The multitude of theories that moral philosophy has given us can be used to support either side of these moral issues.

Peter is a founder and former convenor of Philo Agora. His current profile can be found here http://sydney.edu.au/arts/philosophy/staff/profiles/pbowden.shtml His latest project can also be referenced here https://www.communityrun.org/petitions/humanitarian-immigration-policies-for-australia?source=facebook-share-button&time=1467692173

Philo Agora's format is a talk for 20 minutes starting at 7:15 for 7:30. The presenter then answers any questions of clarification from the floor. We then take a break of 10 minutes for more coffee and to mull over the talk and discuss it within small groups. The microphone is then passed around the audience for comment, opinion, and often counter argument to a maximum of 3 minutes. The presenter is then given a 5 minute right of reply.

We usually finish up at 9pm. The cover charge is $5 for the talk. There are tea and coffee facilities available inhouse. There is plenty of street parking in Shepherd Street and surrounds. We look forward to seeing you on the night.

Sam Alexander - Convenor

0457 749 310