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Café Philo is a way of meeting interesting, inquiring people who enjoy talking about life's big issues and conundrums in a convivial atmosphere in the Poole, Bournemouth and Christchurch areas.

We meet regularly in cafés, pubs and other suitable venues to discuss all manner of philosophical, moral and ethical topics. Some are profound, others are decidedly not. We also debate current affairs and relevant matters of the moment. Our discussions are non-party-political and free of religious or ideological dogma. We encourage a healthy mix of the serious and humorous, so you can be guaranteed a lively, stimulating evening.

We're not academics or experts - just ordinary people from a variety of backgrounds who share a common interest in exchanging ideas about things which matter in life and meeting like-minded people. If you're a heavy-duty philosopher you may find this group a bit lightweight. For anybody else, come along and get stuck into a decent conversation over a coffee or beer.

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Recent Meetups

  • 6 days ago · 7:30 PM

    Has democracy had its day?

    18 Café Philosophers | 4.50

    Around the globe, people are increasingly losing trust in their democratically-elected leaders as shown by recent events such as the Greek crisis, Brexit and a... Learn more

  • 6 days ago · 6:00 PM

    Pre-conversation supper

    6 Café Philosophers

    Fine food and beer, and even better chatter, before we discuss all things democracy later on.

  • November 13 · 7:30 PM

    Why do we laugh?

    15 Café Philosophers | 4.50

    As far as we know, laughter is a universal human trait, but what is its purpose? Philosophers have debated the function of humour for thousands of years but a definitive... Learn more

  • November 13 · 6:00 PM

    Pre-conversation supper

    6 Café Philosophers

    Come along for an early-evening meal and a couple of drinks before we get down to the serious business of humour later on. No apology for enjoying the splendid... Learn more

  • November 13 · 12:30 PM

    Trump tramp!

    5 Café Philosophers

    Are you shell-shocked following the election of Donald Trump? Alternatively, are you positive about the prospect of a Trump presidency? Wherever you stand on the issue,... Learn more

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