|Sent on:||Sunday, February 2, 2014 2:31 AM|
Recommendation = get there early there might not be enough room for everyone ! ...///
Philo Cafe in English : This Wednesday February 5th, 7 pm to 9 PM
Cafe de Flore / 1st floor
NEXT "PHILO DINNER" : SUNDAY February 23rd, 7 : 30 PM
Dear one Dear All,
Cafe Philo in English!
thank you for coming so very numerous at the cafe Philo in English last month !
I hope that many of you will be back with your interested friends this wednesday.
2 suggestions (always the same BUT AS IMPORTANT AS EVER):
1/ Try to come a bit BEFORE 7 PM as we would like to start on time (since we have to STOP on time) HOW ABOUT 6 : 45 , MAYBE ?
2 / If you have a topic you woud like to be discussed, please try to WRITE IT DOWN BEFOREHAND, to formulate it well before coming. It will have better chances to be chosen.
It can be an aphorism (Beauty is in the eye of the beholder) , a question (What should we teach our children ?), etc. but if possible short and not too general.
PS : both these topics were chosen !
See you Wednesday !
Cafe de Flore
metro Line 4, St Germain des Pres
Just in case :
How does it work ?
At the beginning the participants propose topics, one of which is chosen. Then for the remaining two hours participants give their comments - in turn - and the moderator intervenes to reframe the topic and to keep the debate civil, etc.
What is a topic ?
A good topic is either a question or a quote or an aphorism, generally short which raises a problem with a two - or more - sided answer. (recommendation : very general subjects are rarely chosen i.e. ?ÄúWhat is Life?Äù , apparently more simple questions give great debates, i.e. ?What is a fact ? / ?Is Beauty in the eye of the beholder, etc.)
Will I have to talk ?
Of course not, if you do not raise your hand !
I did not study philosophy ! Will I understand ?
Most people who come are not professional philosophers, but we hope to express thoughts that are not just simple opinions but which are the result of our thoughts, conversations we have been in, experiences we have had or books we have read.
(Pro-Philosophers are more than welcome, of course).
And a big part of the enjoyment comes from listening and learning.
Do I have to order something ?
Yes, this is important ! The Caf?© de Flore is a great place, but also a place of commerce. The Caf?© Philo is a free event, but having at least a cup of coffee is necessary.