109: Practical Philosophy

This course is an extended argument against the view that philosophy cannot be practical or applied. Each class offers a facilitated discussion around practical philosophical questions. Eg, is science true? is art from unethical people to be admired? should we accept, reject, enforce, ban euthanasia, vegetarianism, abortion?

Curiosity, wonder and reflection are essential. Active participation in discussions is encouraged. In the words of one past participant, the experience can be “like a mind massage.” Those who are open to the discussion are likely to experience changes in mind, heart, and behaviour.

Course Code: 109

Time: 9.30am – 12.30pm

Dates: Monday 8th Jan – Friday 12th Jan

Cost: $250

Suitable For: Beginners, Intermediate & Advanced

Ages: 14+

Renata Wright

Stephen Henne

Stephen Henne spent the first 15 years of his life growing up in Mt Barker, Albany and Geraldton. He then completed ‘a grand tour’ with studies in psychology (UWA), business administration (University of Toronto), consumer psychology (University of Florida), and philosophy (Bond University).

He paid his bills through research and teaching positions at various universities in Australia, Canada, France, the US and Asia. Stephen calls himself a practising philosopher (with a small ‘p’) who loves to engage in robust discussions about difficult topics with others in an effort to better understand it all.

To this end, he has been engaging in and/or leading community philosophy discussions (often called ‘Cafe Philos’) for over five years in Gold Coast, Perth and Albany