*Socrates Café at Terry Library

* Socrates Cafe is a "3rd Party event" operated by the Central Arkansas Library System, and is not hosted by, nor an official event of the Arkansas Society of Freethinkers. We recommend and promote this event as a service to our members.

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

See also www.facebook.com/SocratesCafeLittleRock

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

    Recently suggested questions include:

    Are Americans being brain-washed? If so, how?
    How do you know if you are being rational/reasonable?
    How would you feel if you found out that your mother is an ex-pornstar?
    Hedonism as a lifestyle, why?
    Are not all economic bubbles really the product of unearned profit?
    Do Arkansans vote against their own self interest, and if so, why?
    If we discovered plants were sentient how would our behavior change?
    What is the best religion?
    What is separation of church and state?
    How would the economy be affected by legalizing all drugs?
    What is separation of church and state?
    Do animals have rights?
    Why are nuclear weapons necessary?
    What does the Confederate flag symbolize?
    Is the economy being used to enslave the masses?
    Is capitalism compatible with democracy?
    Is ethics still alive & well in our society?
    How can American justice be improved?
    Should healthcare pay insurance companies?

    March 20, 2014

  • John G.

    I want to go eat Indian after. Who's with me? Don't make me eat alone.

    March 17, 2014

    • rudy

      Sounds good, I'm in.

      March 20, 2014

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