The Socratic Forum for Thought is an open community which provides an atmosphere for the discussion of ideas.
The format is very simple: there is a short, classic reading, followed by a 15 minute lecture followed by an open conversation. By “open conversation” we mean we talk among ourselves. The conversation is informal but always riveting.
The Socratic Forum is not a church. Neither are we pietistic, but experiential and free. Neither is the meeting political, all politics will be confined to broad themes, lecturers will not deal with specifics or up-to-date situations. Lecturers might discuss Plato's Republic or Hobbes' Leviathan; but will not discuss the latest talking points in politics. For the sake of the atmosphere lecturers stick to classical themes (after the lecture participants are free to talk about whatever they want).
Our group is, for the most part, skeptical (we are a humanistic community). We do not worship any deity (though we welcome the conversation of the existence of God), nor do we follow any sages but recognize a broad reading of ideas. Our goal is to examine ideas through productive dialectic.
We believe in respecting people's freedom; our goal is not to control people, but to cause people to think. There are no gurus, no master, no infallible teachers.
Speakers are chosen on the basis of their respective abilities and desires. You do not have to have a degree to join our group (it is open to the public). Many of the world's greatest thinkers have been autodidacts (self educated people). The only thing required is that you love ideas; is that you show up and enjoy your time mingling. Neither should any person feel like they're being singled out or put on the spot; no one has all the answers.
Anarchy, Animal, Anonymity, Aristocracy, Art, Atheism, Astronomy, Beauty, Being, Cause, Chance, Change, Citizen, Constitution, Courage, Custom and Convention, Definition, Democracy, Desire, Dialectic, Duty, Education, Element, Emotion, Eternity, Evolution, Experience, Family, Fate, Form, God, Good and Evil, Government, Habit, Happiness, History, Honor, Hypothesis, Idea, Immortality, Induction, Infinity, Judgment, Justice, Knowledge, Labor, Language, Law, Liberty, Life and Death, Logic, and Love.
Man, Mathematics, Matter, Mechanics, Medicine, Memory and Imagination, Metaphysics, Mind, Monarchy, Nature, Necessity and Contingency, Oligarchy, One and Many, Opinion, Opposition, Philosophy, Physics, Pleasure and Pain, Poetry, Principle, Progress, Prophecy, Prudence, Punishment, Quality, Quantity, Reasoning, Relation, Religion, Revolution, Rhetoric, Same and Other, Science, Sense, Sign and Symbol, Sin, Slavery, Soul, Space, State, Temperance, Theology, Time, Truth, Tyranny and Despotism, Universal and Particular, Virtue and Vice, War and Peace, Wealth, Will, Wisdom, and World.
Some of the thinkers we might discuss:
U. G. Krishnamurti
J. S. Mill
And many others...
Come and join us and together we can build a strong intellectual community.