The Good Citizen (dinner and discussion)

I've capped the RSVP limit to one table (of 6 people) for our first event since we are now approaching the event. If we get enough people on the waiting list then I'll increase the numbers to accommodate another table of 6 people. I intentionally keep our groups small so everyone has a chance to speak.  :)

What does it really mean to be a good citizen?

What do the great philosophers of the past and present say about our duties, obligations, and responsibilities as citizens?


How do we measure what it means to be a good citizen in the City of New York in the year 2013?


Do you consciously make any connections between your relationship with your neighbours and the act of voting?


Facilitator Information

We require 3 discussion facilitators for this event (one at each table) but with approximately 80 members I doubt that we`ll have a problem finding 3 volunteers. I`ve created a special video just to explain what is involved with facilitating our discussions. I`ve also added the facilitator notes and some other videos and ideas on the topic of citizenship.

Click here for facilitator information and some ideas on citizenship


No formal philosophy experience is required to participate in any of our events (either as a facilitator or as a regular guest). All that is required is that you are open-minded and respectful of your fellow guests.

Please Note:

  • If you would like to attend this event then you need to sign up as a member and RSVP for this event on-line through this website.
  • You do not need a PayPal account in order to pay for this event. (Look for the link that allows you to pay with a credit card without having a PayPal account).
  • Latecomers will not be admitted (after 7:15).
  • Admission does not include the cost of your dinner.


Arrival time is 7:00pm at which time everyone will be provided a seat at one of our reserved tables (6 people max at each table). We will start our discussions at 7:15 once people have settled and have ordered their drinks/food. As a courtesy to your fellow attendees and to the facilitators, please arrive on time.


The First Philosophy Dinners Event in New York!

Yes, the ongoing experiment continues! I`ve started the first group in Toronto last April and it currently has over 250 members (with 11 successful events). It is my mission to spread Philosophy Dinners to cities outside of Toronto and I`ve very excited to coordinate our first event in Manhattan! Although I can`t attend the events in person I will be doing everything I can to coordinate them just like I do in Toronto. I hope you like the facilitator notes that I provided for you in order to help generate some great conversation. If you haven`t already viewed my introduction video, please click the link below.

Click here to view the main Philosophy Dinners home page


Thanks for being part of this experiment!


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  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry I couldn't make it. My boss held me later than usual. =(

    March 13, 2013

  • Sepideh M.

    Can we pay at the door?

    March 7, 2013

    • Glen B.

      Hello Sepideh, unfortunately, that doesn't work since we are going through to coordinate the event. See our FAQ page for more info: http://philosophydinn...­

      March 10, 2013

  • neverboring

    Sorry I can't make it. My philosophical thoughts will be with you.

    March 7, 2013

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