New Meetup: Let's use philosophy to help somebody (April meeting)

From: Jeff G
Sent on: Friday, April 15, 2011 1:26 AM

Announcing a new Meetup for Philosophy Cafe - Cafe Philosophique!

What: Let's use philosophy to help somebody (April meeting)
When: Wednesday, April 20,[masked]:00 PM

Where: Au Coquelet,
2000 University Ave
Berkeley, CA 94701

Why: Our best meetings happen when someone has a personal interest in getting some sort of answer. To that end, we will spend more time considering potential topics before choosing one (hopefully, by consensus). Bring us your dilemma & get some help!

In the next few months we will experiment with the format of Philosophy Cafe a bit, in an effort to make the meetings consistently productive and provocative.  The not-so-good meetings typically address questions that are standard philosopher's fare, which elicit prototypical answers that reflect posturing more than problem-solving.  The good meetings start with a question that initially leaves everyone with the deer-in-the-headlights look, but then we gradually canvas the new territory, eventually feeling that we have grown.  The great moments in any meeting have often involved a personal story or need to have an explanation.  Philosophy takes effort:  so why do the work if no one cares?


The impromptu nature of Philosophy Cafe distinguishes it from other philosophy groups, so we will continue to determine the question at the meeting.  We'll just spend significant time evaluating the relative merits of the proposed topics.  I think the main role of the leader will be to delimit the two phases of the meeting (in terms of discussion and duration).  But I'm sure the process will evolve, and I think this will set the direction sufficiently for now.


We may also experiment with different meeting nights, at least until we have a core group that prefers one day.  Looking forward to a fruitful discussion!



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