(25 July) No DPS meeting. Instead, Phil Cafe.

No DPS meeting this week,
Wednesday 25 July

There will be no Deakin Philosophical Society meeting this week. Instead, we've decided to hold over what was planned for this week so that people can attend Philosophy Café, where Petra Brown will speak on the exceptional political circumstances that may (or may not) justify terrorism. The Café topic ties in nicely with the screening and discussion last week of Gillo Pontecorvo's The Battle of Algiers.

July Philosophy Café
Petra Brown (Deakin) presents ‘Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Carl Schmitt and the “state of exception”’
Wednesday 25 July from 7-9pm at The Barking Dog hotel

A look at two individuals: a lawyer who chose National Socialism and a theologian who chose conspiracy. What could a German pastor and conspirator against Hitler have in common with a Nazi jurist? What can they teach us about moral choices in extraordinary circumstances and the dangers of ‘exceptions’?

Petra Brown is a PhD candidate at Deakin University. Her thesis topic is Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the German pastor and theologian who joined the resistance and became a double-agent for the Abwehr. Unlike Kevin Rudd, she finds Bonhoeffer’s choice for conspiracy a little troubling, and has spent the last three and a half years working out why this might be so. She is due to submit her thesis in September.

Philosophy Café is held from 7-9pm on the last Wednesday of each month, February to November, in the ‘Kennel’ at The Barking Dog hotel, 126 Pakington st, Geelong West.

Entry is free and includes a glass of wine and nibbles.


Dylan Nickelson,
Treasurer, Deakin Philosophical Society.

The Deakin Philosophical Society is funded by Deakin University Student Association (DUSA).

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