Is philosophy a way of life?


7:00 pmThursday, 23 February


Brunswick Ballroom

314 Sydney Rd, Brunswick VIC 3056

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Ancient philosophers such as Plato and Aristotle had a huge influence on the history of ideas, but can we treat them as wise guides to living well today? Could their conversations about ethics and the good life help us navigate our complex world? Or are these essentially intellectual experiments, too hard to put into practice in everyday life?

Drawing on a number of the ancient Greek and Roman thinkers, join philosopher Margaret Cameron and Aeon Media’s editorial director Brigid Hains as we explore contemporary dilemmas, accompanied by the insights and music of jazz great Paul Grabowsky.


Everyone has a stake in philosophy; its vitality can be drawn out and re-energised through conversation, with each other, and the arts. The Sophia Club creates a space for people to come together, ponder big questions, encounter new perspectives, and appreciate the rich connections between thought, emotions and artistic expression.

We call this space Live Philosophy.

Previous Sophia Club artists include Lior, Mindy Meng Wang, John Zorn and JACK Quartet, Kit Downes and Joseph Tawadros. Our speakers have included Simon Critchley, Lea Ypi, Edith Hall, Michael-Shawn Fletcher and Manvir Singh.

The Sophia Club is the latest venture from Aeon Media, the publisher of Aeon and Psyche magazines. To be the first to hear about our event program, follow us on Instagram @sophiaclub_live and sign up to our newsletter at

Our events are produced on the lands of the Wurundjeri people of the Woiworung language group of the Kulin Nation, and we respectfully acknowledge the traditional custodians. We value the knowledge traditions and rich practice of philosophy among Aboriginal and and Torres Strait Islander communities in Australia, and all First Nations peoples around the world.

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