Socrates Café at Terry Library relocated to Main Library for Nov & Dec 2013


At Socrates Café people explore questions from their lives through public, non-academic dialogue.  There are no prerequisites, and no reading or other preparation is required.  At the beginning of each meeting, participants suggest questions, from which the topic question for the evening is determined by popular vote.  Recently suggested questions include:  What is the best religion?  How is education different from indoctrination?  How does language influence thought?  What are war memorials for? Why have Socrates Café?

In Little Rock the Central Arkansas Library System sponsors the following monthly Cafés:

2nd Wednesday of the month at 6 p.m. at McMath Library, Little Rock

3rd Thursday of the month at 6 p.m. at Terry Library, Little Rock

4th Wednesday of the month at 6 p.m. at Fletcher Library, Little Rock

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The idea to explore philosophy using non-academic, public conversation was promoted in the book Socrates Cafe by Christopher Phillips.  From the book:

"While an undergraduate college student, I took a number of philosophy courses.  I was disappointed to no end that my professors did not encourage their students to see ourselves as co-inquisitors who were there to engage with the professors in the types of impassioned dialogues Socrates and his cohorts held.  They tended to treat philosophy like a museum piece that only they, the experts, could discuss with authority.  All too often they employed an inaccessible jargon that left students intimidated and bewildered, and vowing never again to take another philosophy course once they had satisfied their degree requirements."


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  • rudy

    Due to construction activities at the Terry Library, the Socrates Cafe usually held there on the third Thursday of the month will be relocated to the Main Library downtown.

    "East" meeting room on Nov. 21, (First Floor), 6 p.m.

    "Fribourgh" meeting room on Dec. 19. (First Floor), 6 p.m.

    1 · November 18, 2013

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