VCE Unit 3 Forum 2018


Please register your details if you wish to attend the VAPS VCE forum 

DATE:  Sunday 20th May 2018 12:30 - 4:15 pm 

VENUE: NB New venue: At Victorian College of the Arts. VCASS  57 Miles St, Southbank VIC 3006 

COST: $20 per head. Teachers (who are VAPS Members) free. 
Please pay at the Registration desk on the day)



12:30 Registration opens

1:00  Monima Chadha on Nagasena and Hume

2:00  Richard Heersmink on Locke

3:00 Break for refreshments (only drinks provided)

3:15  Matthew Sharpe on Plato's Phaedo

4:15 Finish

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12:15 University campus tour (separate registration required, limited spaces available)

The Philosophy Department of The University of Melbourne will be running an informal tour of the campus and department before the Unit 3 Forum, including a visit the new Arts West building, Old Arts building, the Brain Centre, the Law courts and the Philosophy Department. Students will have opportunity to talk to academics who work at the University every day. Sign up for the tour by registering via email to

The tour is limited to the first 50 students who sign up. The tour will depart from the Public Lecture Theatre A at 12:15pm sharp.

Venue: The Public Lecture Theatre, Old Arts Building, Melbourne University

Location on Google maps can be found here.

12:30 Forum registration opens

1:00 Monima Chadha (Monash University) On Nagasena and the Self.

Monima is currently Head of Philosophy and Graduate coordinator of the Philosophy Program at Monash University, Australia. Her principal research area is the cross-cultural philosophy of mind, specifically the Classical Indian and Contemporary Western Philosophy of mind.  Currently she is working on the right way to interpret the Buddhist no-self doctrine. There are many different conceptions of self in our ordinary everyday understanding of what it means to have a self and accordingly there are many different conceptions of self in the philosophical literature. Which one is the Buddhist denying? And do they have good reasons to deny it.

2:00 Laurance Splitter (The University of Melbourne) On Personal Identity: Hume and Locke.

Laurance is a founding figure in the Philosophy in Schools movement in Australia, having first worked with teachers and pre-tertiary students in 1982. A doctoral graduate from Oxford, he has sought for many years to apply an analytic background to practical questions, particularly in education. He has written extensively on notions of community, inquiry, identity, language, mind, dialogue and personhood, and is currently energised by the emergence of populist thinking in Western democracies.  He sees considerable confusion in the ideas surrounding "identity politics", having published a book on the subject in 2015. Persons, he argues, may opt to identify with such collectives and associations as nations, tribes, gangs, cultures, religions and traditions, but it is a mistake to think that either our literal identities or our moral sensibilities are linked to such groups. He adopts a strongly-relational conception of personhood which allows a pathway between the extremes of individualism and collectivism. 


3:00-3:20 Afternoon tea (supplied)

3:20 Olivia Carter (The University of Melbourne) On Consciousness and Science, including a response to David Armstrong

Olivia is an Associate Professor and ARC Future Fellow at the University of Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences.  Her work focuses on two main questions i) How does the brain's natural chemicals control complex behaviours, thoughts and perceptions? ii) What are the factors that determine the contents of an individual's conscious experience? She completed a PhD in Neuroscience at the University of Queensland looking at the effects of hallucinogenic drugs on visual awareness. She then worked for 3 years at Harvard University as a research fellow in the Vision Sciences Laboratory conducting research using brain imaging and psychophysical methods to investigate perception. From 2008 to 2014 Olivia also served as the Executive Director of the international Association of the Scientific Study of Consciousness representing the main international group of philosophers and scientists interested in consciousness research.

4:30 Finish


Cost: $20 per head. Individual VAPS members free.

Questions for the presenters to address should be sent to the Education Officer by 14th May.

Please do not forget to bring completed form and correct change to save time at the registration desk on Sunday.

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