Questions in Philosophy Series 3

In this third series of 'Questions in Philosophy': Metaphysics of Humanity - Life, Death, Identity and Language, five experts tackle fundamental issues concerning the natural law, human existence, identity and culture.

This series of lectures will be held over five consecutive Thursday evenings from 2 to 30 May at the University and Schools Club, Cnr Phillip and Bent Streets, Sydney. Cost is $20 per lecture or $80 for all 5 lectures. Half price discount of $10 per lecture applies to all full-time students.

First Session

The first session, "The Metaphysical Foundations of the Natural Law Tradition" with Dr Angus Brook, commences Thursday, 2 May 2019 from 5.30pm to 7.30pm.

Dress Code: Gentlemen – coat and tie; Ladies – dress accordingly

Payment and Enquiries: Payment may be made at the door or via email. Please direct all enquiries to Lee-Ann Walsh at


Dr Angus Brook
Associate Professor in Philosophy and Associate Dean,
University of Notre Dame Sydney

“The Metaphysical Foundations of the Natural Law Tradition”

  • An introduction to metaphysics
  • The basics of Aristotle’s metaphysics
  • The basics of Thomas Aquinas’ metaphysics
  • The metaphysical foundations of Thomas’ account of natural law

Date/Time: Thursday, 2 May 2019, 5.30pm–7.30pm

Dr Maria Cigolini
Head of Department, Palliative Care, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Camperdown

“Social Agendas, Ethical Practice and Truth Telling in
Health Care”

  • The principal of ‘autonomy’ in current society and medical practice
  • The dystopia of neutrality in medicine
  • Legal and social implications of EPAS legislation and their impact on medical practice
  • Implications for ethical practice and truth telling in health care

Date/Time: Thursday, 9 May 2019, 5.30pm–7.00pm

Professor Michael Quinlan
Dean of the School of Law, University of Notre Dame Sydney

“Life But Not As We Know It”

  • A discussion of changes to laws taking place across Australia in relation to the voluntary termination of pregnancy:
    • Decriminalising abortion
    • Criminalising prayer, counselling, protests and refusals to refer

Date/Time: Thursday, 16 May 2019, 5.30pm–7.00pm

Dr Iain Benson
Lawyer and Professor of Law, University of Notre Dame Sydney

“The Subjective Language of Values vs The Objective Language of Virtues”

  • When did the language of ‘values’ begin & where did it come from?
  • Why did it become so prominent in Catholic discourse?
  • What is better language to use than ‘values’?
  • How can one teach ‘virtues’ and natural law in a ‘values-confused and purpose-obscured’ culture?

Date/Time: Thursday, 30 May 2019, 5.30pm–7.00pm

Date: Thursday, 02-May-2019

Time: 5.30pm to 7.30pm

Venue: Union, University and Schools Club, 25 Bent Street (Cnr Phillip St), Sydney