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What do we owe future generations?

At the new year we tend to think about how to improve our lives. This month we'll discuss whether we should also think about improving life for future generations. Even though we won't be around, do we have an obligation to do anything about climate change, national debt, the environment, world peace for humanity in general?

It turns out that "Intergenerational Justice" is quite a burgeoning topic in philosophy as well as several other spheres. If you'd like to review some of the many questions being raised about it, here are some links:

http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/justice-intergenerational/

http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/nonidentity-problem/

http://www.intergenerationaljustice.org/

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  • Janelle Durington W.

    I have sick children, which means no babysitter. Enjoy the discussion-I'd much rather be there today! Sigh. I hope my last-minute change didn't keep someone else from being able to attend.

    January 19, 2013

    • Pam A.

      No problem, see you next time!

      January 20, 2013

  • Charles

    The group consisted of individuals from a variety of backgrounds and the discussion was most thoughtful and wide ranging. Considerable food for serious thought! Also, well moderated by Pam (or is that "facilitated"?).

    January 19, 2013

  • Pam A.

    I've expanded the group size to 25 to admit those on the wait list. We probably can't accommodate more than that because of the room size and difficulty of allowing everyone who wants to participate a chance to speak. To all the new members of Socrates Cafe, please don't be discouraged by this--attendance ebbs and flows and we hope to see you at a future Meetup (in fact, you can sign up for one or more now if you'd like!)

    January 17, 2013

    • Don U.

      The email for confirmation on Sat.'s meeting didn't appear to function when I confirmed my intent to attend Saturday' discussion. It did function concerning lunch, however.

      January 18, 2013

    • Pam A.

      I can see you on the "Attending" list so something must have gone through. See you tomorrow!

      January 18, 2013

  • Delia

    Wow Gregg, if I can get away with that, I'm in!!

    January 17, 2013

  • greggrthomas

    I figured it out...we each own them $4.65 a month for life...I will be collecting on Sat...it's the least I can do.

    January 17, 2013

  • Pam A.

    I would also like to let members know that if you'd like to limit the e-mails you get from Socrates Cafe or any Meetup group, it's easy to do so. Mouse over "My Profile" in the upper right corner, select "Email and Notifications", uncheck anything you don't want to get, and set the frequency you prefer. Generally official Meetup Event announcements from the Organizers go out only once a month.

    January 13, 2013

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