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"inclusive - meaningful - thought-provoking - stimulating - enlightening - controversial - respectful conversation" - quotes directory

Welcome to Philosophical Conversations (an inclusive community)..... running for over 15 years

Members are also interested in the Spiritual But Not Religious (SBNR) Forum

An individual interview is required. To arrange, email

(All views are respectfully and enthusiastically welcome.)

Welcome to Philosophical Conversations (no RSVP needed, many attend).

PREREQUISITE: To arrange the required individual interview, email Why the interview? Three reasons: 1) to ensure you can get to where we meet 2) to review guidelines for respectful conversation 3) to screen for dominating, judgmental, or undermining styles. To arrange the short interview, email

TIME/LOCATION: 7-8:30 each Wednesday (16 - 333 Robert Street near Esquimalt)


Comfortable surroundings for vibrant street level discussions on issues fundamental to human existence. No formal philosophy training required; real life experience desired. All views are respectfully and enthusiastically welcome.

Philosophical Conversations is a series of gatherings featuring street level public discussion responding to the needs of a society under stress from unrelenting rapid change. Our singular focus has been the lifelong passion for the continuing search for meaning. Come and share your worldview or philosophy of life and hear about those of others like these

....... commit to attending 8 consecutive meetings from your first attendance, if you can

....... bus stops nearby

MODERATOR: The Philosophical Conversations in Victoria is moderated by Daniel Keeran MSW, dedicated to supporting the diversity of views through the use of reflective listening. He comes with many years of experience in leading group discussion.

TIME/PLACE: 7-8:30 each Wednesday (new venue pending).

    ample free parking and near bus stops

    commit to attending 8 consecutive weeks if you can

Believing philosophical inquiry and dialogue contribute to well-being, participants are encouraged to apply empathic reflection in all relationships and communications for optimum social functioning. Empathy is "the ability to accurately feel and reflect the emotions and thoughts of the other person so that the person feels supported and understood."

For Philosophical Counselling at no charge, contact the moderator

We often have open-topic discussions.

Here are the kinds of things we discuss:

1. Is there objective morality?

2. Do humans possess unique value?

3. Does human life have meaning?

4. Polygamy or monogamy?

5. Theism or atheism?

6. If no afterlife, then....

7. Objective non-tangible reality?

8. Is it necessary to believe something?

9. Does time exist?

10. Do other people exist?

11. What is spirituality?

12. Is pacifism a good thing?

13. When does human life begin?

14. Secular sexuality?

15. Solutions for homelessness?

16. What is philosophy?

17. Why is there anything at all rather than nothing at all?

18. Eliminative Materialism

19. Consciousness

20. Reality

21. Love

22. Value

23. Belief

24. Philosophy of Awe

...and other topics suggested by participants

What are your philosophical assumptions?

What Happens?

The sincere reflective statement (e.g. "What I hear you saying is....") is the fundamental communication tool used in Philosophical Conversations to convey understanding of a differing view before presenting one's own view, especially when the other's view seems unclear to you or is expressed passionately. The format is open free-flowing, organic discussion without structure. The primary role of the Moderator is to stimulate thought and offer frequent reflections of what participants are saying.

Participant testimonial

"Philosophical Conversations is a wonderful way to engage others in meaningful discussion on fundamental issues of human existence and meaning, and all within an environment of safety, acceptance, and understanding rather than agreement."


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Founded Nov 6, 2009


Daniel Keeran, MSW

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