Perth Philosophy Circle

The Perth Philosophy Circle is a group of people interested in philosophy. Philosophy asks questions about topics such as human existence, society, and what makes life worth living. These questions are important to all of us. Both philosophy and critical thinking mean to ask naïve questions about accepted ways of understanding our world. Seemingly simple questions are often the hardest to find and require time and dialogue to engage with. Critical thinking and philosophy cannot be done alone; they are only possible with a community of people willing to engage in dialogue. Through meeting in person to discuss ideas, we hope to create a community of people interested in asking questions in order to better understand our place in the world.

Image: Ancient Athenian silver coin, on display at the Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon depicting the owl of Athena (circa early 400s BCE). The inscription “ΑΘΕ” is an abbreviation of ΑΘΗΝΑΙΩΝ, which may be translated as “of the Athenians”. Minerva is the Roman name for Athena.

“Only one word more concerning the desire to teach the world what it ought to be. For such a purpose philosophy at least always comes too late. Philosophy, as the thought of the world, does not appear until reality has completed its formative process, and made itself ready. History thus corroborates the teaching of the conception that only in the maturity of reality does the ideal appear as counterpart to the real, apprehends the real world in its substance, and shapes it into an intellectual kingdom. When philosophy paints its grey in grey, one form of life has become old, and by means of grey it cannot be rejuvenated, but only known. The owl of Minerva takes its flight only when the shades of night are gathering.” (G. W. F. Hegel, 2001 [1821], 20).

Hegel, Georg Wilhelm Friedrich. Philosophy of Right. Trans. S. W. Dyde. Kitchener, Ontario: Batoche Books, 2001 [1821]