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Discussion Topic:

Starting our conversation with 20th century existential thinker, Jean-Paul Sartre (1905 – 1980).  

“Every man (sic) ought to say to himself. Am I really the kind of man who has the right to act in such a way that humanity might guide itself by my actions? And if he does not say that to himself, he is masking his anguish” (Sartre, 1973, as cited in Macintyre, A.,1992)

We will discuss the term existential – asking the big questions about life. 

Must we have a sense of moral obligation toward society?

Join the Salon with your favourite snack and drink and enjoy the conversation with food for thought.


Date: Sunday, 28 January 2024

Time: Melbourne State Library from 2.30 – 3.30pm

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French salons for the privilege of society



History of 18th century French Salons

The salons consequently became an important gathering for sharing and debating political ideas and revolutionary sentiment. These prestigious settings were mainly sort by bourgeoisie or the aristocrats of the time. They would come together to increase their knowledge and hone their tastes through conversation and the exchange of ideas. Their mission to allow debate, to stoke passion and to inspire.

Salons would be held at a lounge, library or parlours and on occasion at host’s home. The gathering would commence by reading an excerpt from a newly discovered essay and novel, essay or philosophical text.  Salons became a place where intellectuals could converse on topics that expanded their knowledge on the nature of existence.