The theme of tonight's discussion will be the concept of objectivity - as understood, worried over, and used by each of us when we make and justify claims. While certain famous philosophical names will probably get dropped (Kant is a kind of standard-bearer for the subjective/objective distinction), the focus will be on our own struggles to make sense of this concept, and on the interest we think it bears for various philosophical projects.
A convenient launching pad for thoughts, which might end up structuring our conversation to some extent: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Objectivity_%28philosophy%29
(no preparation or background expected; individual participants will explain technical jargon or dropped names if and as they introduce them)
(highly argumentative atmosphere; participants likely to stake out positions, argue for them, and critique alternatives)