Public talks

The School of Philosophy hosts talks on a range of subjects at Philosophy House, 33 Aro St. These are open to anyone with an interest.

If you have any questions about these events, please call the School on (04) 801 9823.

Philosophy in Film

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Seeing the world in film

A 3-session course on Sunday afternoons

Cinema can be a way for us to know more about our world.

This course will explore, in an accessible, non-academic manner, how some of the larger questions of philosophy are addressed by film-makers. In considering this, we shall find ourselves reflecting about life, about philosophical issues that concern us and the nature of cinema itself. This course will deepen your understanding of cinema and expose you to new ideas and ways of looking at films.

The three sessions will consist of an introduction to a philosophical theme, screenings (of relevant short films or scenes from feature films), followed by an interactive discussion and references for further film viewing and reading.

Each session will run from 3pm to 6pm on a Sunday.

  • Session I, Sunday 10 SeptemberFilm as Philosophy: Cinema’s relationship with the world
  • Session II, Sunday 17 SeptemberPhilosophy in Film: How films address complex philosophical questions
  • Session III, Sunday 24 SeptemberPhilosophy of Film: Insights films can offer about human consciousness.

The presenter is Indranil Chakravarty.


Indranil Chakravarty has been a professor of film history and screenwriting in India for many years. Currently he is doing a PhD at Victoria University on postmodern biopics. His publications include The New Latin American Cinema, India’s Audio-Visual Industry, Redescubriendo a Tagore (Rediscovering Tagore), the latest being a book of literary history written in Spanish. He has lectured in many universities around the world.

The venue is Philosophy House, 33 Aro St, Aro Valley

Course fee: $45 for the three sessions

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Free Introductory Lecture
Wednesday 20 September, 7.00pm

Find out about the course in practical philosophy offered by the School of Philosophy during a relaxed, interactive evening session.

Further information about the Introductory Course