The first Cafe Philosophique was founded in Paris in 1992, at the Cafe des Phares in Place de la Bastille, as an informal, public forum for philosophical discussion. There are now over 150 "Cafe Philos" active around the world.

Cafe Philo New York was established in 1998 by Bernard Roy, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Ramapo College, NJ. We gather twice a month on Thursday evenings in the private room of an Afghan Restaurant in East Midtown Manhattan to talk about the philosophical implications of a particular topic. Topics are selected by group vote at the end of each meeting.

Discussions are informal, friendly, and lightly moderated. We welcome those with some background in philosophy, as well as anyone with curiosity, a thoughtful disposition, and consideration for the ideas of others. Attendance has ranged from 5 to 25 "Philistes." While there is no fee, the restaurant requests, understandably, that attendees spend a $5.00 "minimum per" for food and/or drinks.

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  • 5 days ago · 6:30 PM

    Limits of certainty?

    14 Cafe Philistes

    Join us for two hours of "cafe-style" philosophizing over dinner. Hosted by Bernard Roy, founder, 17th year of hosting "cafe-style" philosophy conversations. Moderated... Learn more
  • January 8 · 6:30 PM

    What do we owe each other?

    10 Cafe Philistes | 4.00

    Join us for two hours of "cafe-style" philosophizing over dinner. Hosted by Bernard Roy, founder, 17th year of hosting "cafe-style" philosophy conversations. Moderated... Learn more
  • December 18, 2014 · 6:30 PM

    Is there a point to life?

    21 Cafe Philistes | 5.00

    Join us for two hours of "cafe-style" philosophizing over dinner. Hosted by Bernard Roy, founder, 17th year of hosting "cafe-style" philosophy conversations. Moderated... Learn more
  • December 4, 2014 · 6:30 PM

    Self-esteem

    10 Cafe Philistes | 4.50

    Join us for two hours of "cafe-style" philosophizing over dinner. Hosted by Bernard Roy, founder, 17th year of hosting "cafe-style" philosophy conversations. Moderated... Learn more
  • November 13, 2014 · 6:30 PM

    CANCELED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE DUE TO VENUE CLOSURE - Self-esteem

    15 Cafe Philistes | 4.00

    Join us for two hours of "cafe-style" philosophizing over dinner. Hosted by Bernard Roy, founder, now in our 17th year of hosting "cafe-style" philosophy conversations.... Learn more
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We just grab a coffee and speak French. Some people have been coming every week for months... it creates a kind of warmth to the group.

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