alberta socrates cafe

bring a question that has been troubling you. we put questions people bring on a list and then vote on the questions we know the least about. after two narrowing votes we get a single question for the evening. this is not a debate, this is not about proselytizing or soliciting information. This is about active listening and philosophical sharing. We are a democratic inquiry group for the people by the people. We assume that a rational self paired with a good society can produce a meaningful life; the two go hand in glove. At our best, at a portland socrates cafe, we are all story tellers basing our stories in the life of reason.


our five main strategies that we use to explore the question:

looking for built-in assumptions in the question.

finding embedded concepts and their functional structures in the question.

examining differences of kind and degree.

exploring the logical consistencies and inconsistencies in the unfolding dialogue.

offering compelling or alternative viewpoints




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  • A former member
    A former member

    I felt the meeting last night was strong for staying on topic and good individuals participating. I was honored by the concern people had for my POV (ref. Being and Time, Heidegger, Division II, Chap. 2). I think the meeting was weakened at points by having a facilitator control everyone's every move. I think the proper attitude for a facilitator is to stand back, watch and then intervene only when they feel it necessary.

    December 20, 2013

    • Eric P.

      well, everyone has to take turns facilitating. i'll vote you next time we're there at the same time.

      December 20, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member


      December 20, 2013

  • Marie

    Oops, I minus: the music was too loud, it was very hard to concentrate.

    December 20, 2013

  • Marie

    First experience at a Socrates Cafe or anything like it, and... I love it. I actually enjoyed having a facilitator... gathering our thoughts, seems like it was needed. Wonderful group, THANK YOU guys.
    Joyeux Noel!!! Merika.

    December 20, 2013

  • December 16, 2013

  • Eric P.

    tom, call me 360 [masked] i didn't update the page, sorry ,we'll work this out, i can be at ab's to direct to the knew location.

    December 15, 2013

  • Tom M.

    Note the NEW LOCATION at Random Order Coffee at NE 18th and Alberta starting December 19th from 7 PM to 9PM or so. NOT at Anna Banana's!!!

    December 6, 2013

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