"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 http://www.meetup.com/SBNRForum
An individual interview is required. To arrange, email firstname.lastname@example.org
(All views are respectfully and enthusiastically welcome.)
Welcome to Philosophical Conversations (no RSVP needed, many attend).
PREREQUISITE: To arrange the required individual interview, email email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
TIME/LOCATION: 7-8:30 each Wednesday (pending)
WHAT IS IT?
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 https://app.box.com/s/7y98klh25ysxbzc4xkol
....... 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 email@example.com
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
24. Philosophy of Awe http://youtu.be/Yb-OYmHVchQ
...and other topics suggested by participants
What are your philosophical assumptions?
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.
"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."
A SHORT COURSE IN RESPECTFUL CONVERSATION