Image courtesy Met Museum
Image courtesy Met Museum

Is philosophy a way of life?

Philosopher Margaret Cameron with jazz great Paul Grabowsky, explore ancient ideas and contemporary ethics

Ancient philosophers such as Plato and Aristotle had a huge influence on the history of ideas, but can we treat them as wise guides to living well today? Could their conversations about ethics and the good life help us navigate our complex world? Or are these essentially intellectual experiments, too hard to put into practice in everyday life? Drawing on a number of the ancient Greek and Roman thinkers, we explore contemporary dilemmas, accompanied by the insights and music of jazz great Paul Grabowsky.

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Margaret Cameron


Margaret Cameron’s expansive research profile includes contemporary metaphysics, aesthetics, the history of medieval and early modern philosophy and, most recently, the ethics and politics of the true crime genre. She is currently the head of the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies at the University of Melbourne, following a decade of work as Canada Research Council Chair in the Aristotelian tradition at the University of Victoria, British Columbia. Margaret has produced more than 41 scholarly works, and recently co-edited the 2021 edition of Jean-Baptiste Du Bos’s seminal work Critical Reflections on Poetry and Painting (1719).

Paul Grabowsky


Photo by Alice Healy

According to Paul Grabowsky, ‘the piano never lies.’ His dedication to the field of jazz and improvisational music is underpinned by a deep appreciation for expressive freedom. Moreover, Paul advocates for artistic expression as a defining attribute in everyday life, not only as a performer, but as a composer, teacher, mentor and leader. You’ll currently find him at the Monash Academy of Performing Arts as executive director – to this role, he brings the rich musical achievements of his career. Recognition of these achievements includes multiple ARIA awards, the Melbourne Prize for Music, an H C Coombs Creative Arts Fellowship, and an Order of Australia.

Paul can be found on Instagram at @official_paulgrabowsky

Brigid Hains


Brigid Hains is the editorial director of Aeon Media. An environmental historian by training, she is driven by a deep curiosity about the natural and human worlds. The Sophia Club is a chance for Brigid to express her love of beauty and the arts, and to share the heartfelt dimensions of her intellectual life.

Event and ticketing details

Date and time

Thursday, 23 February, 2023

7:30PM ‘til late


Full price - $30

Concession - $25


Brunswick Ballroom

314-316 Sydney Road, Brunswick, Melbourne, 3056

  • Doors open: 6:00pm
  • Performance starts: 7:30pm sharp
  • Access your ticket for the event via the Moshtix confirmation email. Please note: this email may be delivered to your junk or spam folders
  • Food and beverages will be available for purchase from the bar. Food service will halt during the performance, so we recommend arriving early and settling in with something delicious from the Ballroom Menu before the show starts
  • Please note that seating is cabaret-style and unallocated. We warmly encourage you to share tables with fellow Sophia Club attendees
  • This venue has a 18+ age requirement, and valid ID must be shown upon entry
  • The Brunswick Ballroom is wheelchair-accessible and fitted with an Acorn Indoor 180 Curved Stairlift. Please be mindful that wheelchairs must be carried up the stairs – the Brunswick Ballroom staff are more than happy to assist
Thursday, February 23, 2023
Brunswick Ballroom,
314-316 Sydney Road Brunswick Melbourne 3056

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Aeon is based in Melbourne, Australia and we respectfully acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which our Melbourne events take place, the Wurundjeri people of the Woiworung language group of the Kulin Nation.
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