Public Talk - Wednesday 3rd April 2019
What is Health?
By Richard Grawath

Health is difficult to define but it is one of the key issues of human existence. Pointing to the absence of disease in the definition of health just raises the additional question of what disease is and complicates the definition of health even further.
This discourse about health will use a multi-disciplinary approach.
In everyday life and also in science people often talk about health and disease as if there would be a common understanding of what health and disease really are.

Richard Grawath will be leading the discussion in Philosophy Sharings Malta's Monthly talk.

Richard Grawath’s keen interest in issues relating to health led him to study a wide range of health and disease related subjects including:

  • Postgrad. Dip. In Medical Physics
  • M.Sc. in Science
  • B.Sc. (Honours) in Health & Social Care 
  • B.Sc. (Honours) in Health Studies
  • Diploma in Psychology
  • University Certificate in Reflective & Evidence Based Practice
  • University Certificate in Managing Care
  • University Certificate in Health & Social Care
  • University Certificate in Health Promotion
  • Certificate of Practical Education in Nursing
  • Certificate in Hospital Patient Counselling

He has also worked as a consultant for the financial services industry, including health insurance and life insurance companies and also for the pharmaceutical industry. In addition, he has practical experience in various positions working in hospitals.

Currently Mr Grawath is conducting research in connection with the UoM and the Department of Health into the further development of the indices he has created, namely:

  • The Infectious Diseases Index
  • The HIV Index, and  
  • The Diseases Population Index for Lung Cancer Incidence

(which can be found at

His other professional qualifications and experiences include an MBA and a state banking qualification.

The talk will be delivered in ENGLISH and will take place on Wednesday 3rd April, 2019 between 19.00 and 20.30, at the Volunteer Centre, 181, Melita Str., Valletta.

Everyone is invited.
The event is free of charge.

Course on Faith and Science by Dr Colette Sciberras
Monday 15th April 2019 - Monday 13th May 2019

The course will begin with a tour of the conceptual and historical opposition between religious faith and science. It will focus in depth on the first principles of philosophy, and the way these were incorporated into modern science, divested of their traditional and religious implications. Human experience in space and time will be considered extensively, especially in relation to what we know from contemporary biology and physics.

Regarding faith, this will be considered in two different ways: as assent to the truth of a proposition, and as a virtue, in the Aristotelian, Buddhist and Christian senses. The course is intended to allow students to think more clearly about religious faith in relation to contemporary scientific understanding of the world, and to form their own conclusions about whether the two can be reconciled.

Colette Sciberras completed her doctorate in Philosophy at Durham University in 2010, with a thesis entitled Buddhist Philosophy and the ideals of Environmentalism.

Dr. Sciberras currently teaches Philosophy at the Giovanni Curmi Higher Secondary School, Naxxar, where she has also introduced an accredited program in ‘Mind Yoga’ (Buddhist Meditation). She also teaches Philosophy for Children at Maria Regina College Middle School.

Amongst her publications are a couple of peer- reviewed articles and a few chapters in edited collections in Malta, India and the UK. Her most recent contribution is the first chapter in a collection on Comparative Religious Environmental Ethics (For all to Flourish; edited by Laura Hartman, Oxford University Press, 2018). In September 2018, she was invited to present a paper at a Symposium on Inter-religious Dialogue at Dublin City University.

Philosophical Discussion through Movies:
Sunday 17th February, 2019

Philosophy Sharing Malta will be screening the movie Her, directed and produced by produced by Spike Jonze.

Her is a 2013 American romantic science-fiction drama film. A sensitive and soulful man earns a living by writing personal letters for other people. Left heartbroken after his marriage ends, Theodore (Joaquin Phoenix) becomes fascinated with a new operating system which reportedly develops into an intuitive and unique entity in its own right. He starts the program and meets "Samantha" (Scarlett Johansson), whose bright voice reveals a sensitive, playful personality. Though "friends" initially, the relationship soon deepens into love.

The event will take place at the Malta Voluntary Centre, 181 Melita Street Valletta on Sunday 17th February 2019 at 4:00 pm. A discussion about the movie will follow and will be moderated by Gilbert Ross.

The link to the trailer can be found on the following link

Courses held by the organization have a small fee. See below for more details:

               Members of the foundation, registered students, and senior citizens only                 contribute €15 for courses held.  

               Non-members: €25


Talks held by Philosophy Sharing Malta are free of charge.  

For more information, phone 7901658.

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