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Should criminals be cured rather than punished?
We’re fortunate to live in a relatively crime-free country. However, when it happens, crime has an indisputably negative impact, so how should we deal with those who break the rules? Some argue for a tough approach whereby criminals are firmly punished. Perhaps understandably, victims of crime often want to seek harsh retribution upon those who chose to violate them or their property. Similarly, many policy-makers and social commentators feel that the only way to clamp down on crime is to punish criminals as severely as possible. However, others think that this avenue is flawed and that criminals should be treated with compassion rather than contempt. They contend that crime must be seen as a symptom of the problems in society and that it ought to be treated as a form of illness. If so, would we be better off curing criminals, not punishing them? How could this work in practice? Would it have a meaningful impact upon crime rates? Meet at 7pm sharp for what will no doubt be a lively, varied conversation. Note that The Inn In The Park doesn’t serve food on Sunday evenings so please eat before you arrive. Expect the evening to finish by 10pm. See you there!

The Inn In The Park

26 Pinewood Road Branksome Park · Poole


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    What we're about

    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, not to mention current affairs and other relevant matters of the moment. Some conversations touch on the profound whilst others decidedly don't. 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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