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 Bristol and Bath area.

We discuss all manner of topics. Some are profound, others are decidedly not. We aim to have one topic per month, we hold events to discuss this topic in a number locations, often with two separate discussions in each venue - we limit numbers to 12 for each discussion (usually less in practice). Each discussion goes in its own direction, depending on the people around the table. A facilitator gently steers the discussion to help keep things moving, interesting and balanced.

Our discussions are non-party-political and free of religious or ideological dogma (most of the time at least). We encourage a healthy mix of the serious and humourous, 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.

In addition to our discussions we hold some social events and occasionally arrange to meet for public talks.

Upcoming events (1)

How the Light Gets In Festival


This is the world's largest philosophy and music festival. It takes place in Hay-on-Wye. Lots of interesting talks and debates. See their website (https://howthelightgetsin.org/hay/) where you can buy tickets. I shall be stewarding there. If you'd like to join me as a steward, see the steward sign up page for details (https://howthelightgetsin.org/hay/info/work-with-us/volunteer-with-us). Stewards get free entry to events (space permitting) when they are not on duty, free camping etc. NOTE: Stewards need to be there on the preceding Thursday afternoon (21st) for training. The "meet up" will be ad hoc and self-organising, depending on when/if people are working as stewards and what their interests are. I suggest those who are going exchange email address/phone numbers by private message, so that we can coordinate. There may be opportunities for lift sharing.

Past events (313)

Talk and Discussion: Fifty Years of Feminism

Westbury on Trym

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