As an homage to the original 'Cafe Philosphique' in Paris, but with alcohol, I decided to call this 'Speakeasy philosophique'.
I'm not replacing Jeff's philosophy Cafe in his format. This is just being added to the lineup. Some of you may remember me from when I initially started this group. I have just moved back to the Bay area and can't wait to have some great discussions.
This is not a debate, but a sharing of thoughts. Please respect everyone's words and allow yourself to listen. You might find that you'll be able to resonate with someone's opposite opinion once you hear their reasoning. The best discussions are those where we walk away with an opinion that may have been slightly altered by someone else's point of view.
No philosophical background or preparation needed. We will all throw out topics with a philosophical bent and then vote on the topic to discuss. By not having a prepared topic, we're all coming to it with whatever we know and think at the moment and make for a more spontaneous discussion, that is more based on our own opinions and not a third party's.
"Café philosophique ("cafe-philo") is a grassroots forum for philosophical discussion, founded by philosopher Marc Sautet (1947–1998) in Paris, France, on December 13, 1992.There were about 100 "cafés-philos" operating throughout France and some 150 cafés-philos internationally at the time of Sautet's death in 1998.
The subjects discussed at the cafes had a range that varied from the Santa Claus myth to truth to beauty to sex to death. They posed such questions as What is a fact? and Is hope a violent thing? Sautet made the discussions seem fun and exciting. The concept was to bring people together in a public friendly forum where they could discuss ideas. A cafe tended to have this type of atmosphere where people were relaxed drinking coffee and carrying on conversations. This concept ultimately developed into Café Philosophique that he founded.
Thousands of participants in philosophy cafes worldwide have adopted Sautet's idea as a way to enhance their thinking. Ideas are thrown out with concern for accuracy and philosophical rigor. The concepts discussed were in the spirit of tolerance and openness. The idea of Sautet's philosophy cafes have spread around the world. The concept that started in France and subsequently entered England, Germany, Belgium, Austria, Switzerland, and eventually throughout Europe is now in the United States, Canada, South America, Greece, Australia and even Japan. Due to this success, the French president Jacques Chirac sent a founding member on a good will mission to Latin America to introduce the concept there"