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Speakeasy philosophique

As an homage to the original 'Cafe Philosphique' in Paris, but with alcohol, I decided to call this 'Speakeasy philosophique'.

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.

From Wikipedia:

"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"

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  • David M.

    Sorry, my job foisted a last minute deadline on me and I'm stuck here till at least 7. Really wanted to come for the first time. I'll definitely be joining soon.

    September 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    My car needs a radiator and is in the shop. Just discovered it today. So sorry to miss it! Next time!!

    September 18, 2013

  • Jay C.

    Under the brush of the Fox
    The tunnel of Mendacity
    Where Fox Pellets (tm) are manufactured
    To be sold to the public
    As candy

    Why is this funny ? Or not ?

    September 11, 2013

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