Philosophy Salon: Jean-Paul Sartre
Jean-Paul Sartre is one of the rare philosophers of the 20th century who became a household name. His work extended across philosophy and literature, and explores what it means to be a conscious being, one that is capable of transcending its own nature, yet is thrust into a world that is absent of any built-in meaning or purpose. His core philosophical idea of existentialism explores what it means to be, and how we should relate to ourselves, to other people and to the world at large. He also considers how we should go about shouldering the crippling burden of freedom that is thrust upon us as conscious beings, and the necessity to create meaning in an often contrived and absurd world.
In this Philosophy Salon, we will cover Sartre’s core ideas of existentialism, freedom and bad faith, and see what lessons he has for managing the existential tensions that persist in our lives today.
6.00 pm Doors & The Clare Bar Bar Opens
7.00 pm Welcome & Introduction
7.15 pm Key Idea 1 & conversation
7.45 pm Key Idea 2 & conversation
8.15 pm Key Idea 3 & conversation
9.00 pm Salon Concludes, Bar Open for Continued Conversation
'Freedom is what you do with what's been done to you.'
– Jean-Paul Sartre
Tim Dean is a philosopher and science writer. He has a PhD from the University of New South Wales on evolution and morality, and has an interest in ethics, the philosophy of biology, philosophy of science and moral psychology. He is an Honorary Associate in the Philosophy department at the University of Sydney. In 2015 he won the Australasian Association of Philosophy Media Professionals' Award for his writing on philosophy in New Philosopher, Acuity Magazine, Cosmos, ABC's The Drum and on Channel 10's The Project.
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About Philosophy Salons
Hosted by a current philosopher, Philosophy Salons actively explore one important philosopher and their ideas over a social night of wine & cheese. Philosophers selected over these evenings include a mix of thinkers from different periods, schools of thought, geographical locations and backgrounds. Participants will be presented with a biographical background of the philosopher, along with three of their most relevant and proking ideas and will be given opportunities throughout the night to then discuss these in small groups, making for an interactive and social evening.