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The Spike or Victoria University College Review 1948

Philosophical Society

Philosophical Society

'My own infirmities . . . and the public news coming together have put my utmost philosophy to the trial.' Possibly the realization of the transparent applicability of this aged saying to the condition of man in the world today was a motivating factor in the formation of the Philosophical Society last year.

However that may be the Society has now emerged from its embryonic state and is cutting its teeth on a multitude of fundamental, and other, problems.

The Society operates by way of weekly discussion groups, and its chief work so far this year has centred round the title, 'Approach to Philosophy'. It is intended during the second term to have a competent speaker to lead a study group discussion on St Thomas Aquinas and another on 'The Philosophy of Marxism'.

By way of public addresses, the Rev J. M. Bates is to talk to the College on 'Philosophy and Religion' and it is hoped that a member of the Philosophy Department staff will speak on some topic of general interest.

The Society also has in mind the inauguration (possibly not this year) of a series of talks on the leading theological philosophers, K———, Maritain, Buber and others. In view of the influence this school of thought such a study would be of considerable significance.

It is too early to attempt any evaluation of the work of the Society this year. In any event whatever is achieved is somewhat intangible and can only reflect in the individuals who have benefited. It is sufficient justification for the Society's existence that interest is consistently maintained by its members.