The Faculty of Theology and Philosophy is delighted to host leading local and international theologians and philosophers from all over the world who deliver a range of public events addressing a diversity of topics.

The Simone Weil lecture on Human Values is one such event, hosted each year by the School of Philosophy, and the Faculty Theology and Philosophy.

Our current calendar of events include:

Tuesday 26 March, 8:00 - 9:00 pm

Wednesday 27 March, 9:00 - 10:00 am



14 March, 2024

Adam Lovett, "Democratic failures and the ethics of democracy"

Speaker: Dr Adam Lovett:

Adam is a lecturer at the Australian Catholic University (ACU). From 2021 to 2024 he taught at the London School of Economics (LSE) and in 2021 he completed his PhD in philosophy at New York University (NYU). He has published widely in political philosophy, ethics and metaphysics.

Title: Democratic Failures and the Ethics of Democracy


This talk is an overview of my forthcoming book. The book is about the ways in which real-world democracies fall short of democratic ideals and why those shortfalls matter. The project is rooted in a vast body of empirical findings that political scientists have accumulated over the last seven decades. These are findings about political ignorance, voter behaviour, the policymaking process, polarization, and the popular control of representatives. These findings are often both surprising and troubling-they suggest that our democracies fall far short of democratic ideals. My book is a detailed, careful, exploration of why such findings matter. In part, that involves giving an account of what makes democracy valuable in the first place: why does democracy matter? And in part it involves connecting the value of democracy to the rights and duties of ordinary citizens. My overarching argument is that our duties to obey the law, and the moral permissibility of enforcing those laws, depend on the realization of democratic ideals. So, the shortfalls of our democracies undermine the moral authority and legitimacy of our states.

28 March, 2024

Margot Strohminger: "Explaining Supposition"

18 April, 2024

Matt Sharpe, "Haybron's Stoics, and a Stoic response to Haybron on Happiness and Wellbeing"

1 May, 2024

Dermot Moran: On Edith Stein [TBD]

16 May, 2024

Luke Russell [title TBD]

Venue: 250 Victoria Parade, level 4 (ACU Building 469), room 460-4-28

Plus online via Teams

Time: 3:30-5:00 pm (unless otherwise indicated)

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ACU 2024 Philosophy Seminar Series - PhilEvents

The Simone Weil Lecture on Human Value is hosted by the School of Philosophy. It was first held in 2000, an initiative of Professor Raimond Gaita. It is a free public lecture held annually in Brisbane and Melbourne.

Each year, a distinguished international scholar is invited to give a public lecture and academic seminar at ACU. The lectures are inspired by Simone Weil's ethical vision that is rooted in attentive compassion and obligation to others, her unstinting desire for the Good, and her non-negotiable commitment to justice.

This year, ACU is thrilled to have Professor Dermot Moran of Boston College to present the lecture on 'Empathy and interpersonal relations'. This lecture is free and open to the public.

Learn more about the Simone Weil lecture

Past lecturers have included:

  • Mr Scott Stephens, ABC's Religion and Ethics Editor, and co-host of The Minefield
  • Professor Michael Morgan, Chancellor's Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Jewish Studies
  • Professor Mark Alfano, Associate Professor of Ethics and Philosophy, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands and Professor of Philosophy, ACU
  • Professor Robert Audi, Professorial Fellow, ACU and John A. O'Brien Professor of Philosophy, University of Notre Dame, Indiana
  • Professor Eleonore Stump, Professorial Fellow, ACU and Robert J. Henle Professor of Philosophy at Saint Louis University, Missouri
  • Associate Professor Jeffrey Bloechl, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Boston College.

Conferences and workshops actively contribute to the flourishing of academic disciplines and academic profiles. Here is a listed of selected recent past events. New events will be added separately as announced.

Past events

Conferences and workshops hosted by the faculty in recent years have included:

  • AAP Conference (2023)
  • ACU Luminaries Series (2023)
  • Conference on Perception (2023)
  • Heidegger and the Greeks workshop (2022)
  • The Phenomenology of Affect international e-conference (2021)
  • A Very Short History of Being Oneself: Theological, Philosophical and Aesthetic Perspectives with Professor Claude Romano (2021)
  • International Conference on Comparative Theology (2019)
  • Asia-Pacific Conference on Comparative Theology (2017)
  • "Heidegger and Nature" Workshop (2017)
  • The Annual Conference of the Colloquium on Violence & Religion (COV&R) and 6th Annual Conference of the Australian Girard Seminar (2016)
  • International Ethics Conference, Reasons and Virtues (2015)
  • COMIUCAP Conference, Civil Society and Human Formation: Philosophy's Role in a Renewed Understanding of the Meaning of Education (2015)
  • Philosophy of Education Society of Australasia Annual Conference (2015).

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