QIf you had to declare a manifesto for this group, what would it be?
A: That philosophy is for everybody.  That, while it uses abstraction, its value rests on its concrete utility in everyday life.  For example, you don't have to know how to program a computer to benefit from one (though of course you can do more with it if you know how it works).

QI'm very busy ‐ what preparation is involved?
A:  We do not assign reading, because we are interested in your original thinking.  As the theme of each meeting is announced in advance, it would be helpful if you would think of a personal story that grounds the theme realistically.  Don't worry about it, though:  you may think of one on the spot.

QI'm too busy preparing my own treatise on topic X to participate in a group discussion.
A:  Everyone has to manage their own priorities, but people do underestimate the value of open interaction with their peers.  If you find yourself going over the same questions and answers, then maybe it's time to expose yourself to other perspectives.  Try proposing a theme relating to topic X and see what you get for two hours of your time.

QWhere can I get more information?
A:  Besides checking out the announcements of previous meetings, you can visit the Message Boards ("Meeting summaries", "What Is Philosophy Cafe?") under the Discussion menu, and the full FAQ in the Pages tab.  Or...why not just come chat with us some Tuesday?

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