Next Meetup

Art of Travel: The Concept of Home
As part of our ongoing forays into questions of "travel" you are invited to join in a discussion exploring "The Concept of Home". The discussion will be led by Kate, a Clinical Psychologist, who has recently conducted research with EU citizens from other EU countries who have chosen to live in the UK. The questions she explored were around the meaning of home within the current context of the UK post-EU referendum. The questions Kate poses will aim to prompt thinking about what home means to us, why people choose to move, and what factors might impact on people’s sense of home. Whilst Kate's study was with people who have moved internationally, this does not necessarily need to be your background. "My hope is that anyone for whom the concept of home has some resonance and interest will be able to come along to share their thoughts. I’m really interested in having a discussion to hear your perspectives and wonderings, and hope to be able to share a little of what I’ve understood so far from the participants’ experiences." The format for the evening will be familiar to those who have attended past events, in that after Kate has introduced the topic, we’ll breakout into small group discussions and then come back together as a larger group to consider themes and ideas raised. Do join us for what is an important conversation in current times! The Travelling Through Cafe serves tea/coffee and has a drinks license. There is food and snacks. Food is very good, although limited so you can grab a bite before and during the discussion. As usual, please bring £3 to donate towards the costs. Don't forget to keep your RSVP up-to-date!

Travelling Through Book Shop & Cafe

131 Lower Marsh, SE1 7AE · London

What we're about

London Socrates Cafe meetings are held at the Travelling Through Book Shop & Cafe (, 131 Lower Marsh, SE1 7AE, London. It is discussion group based on the ideas that philosophy is about justifying our beliefs through reason, not merely emotions or appeals to authority. It is about inclusivity, so:

• it is open to absolutely everyone, being held in a casual cafe environment, encouraging everyone to join in - but there's no obligation to do so.

• it is open to ideas encompassing subjects wider than the traditional philosophy topics, allowing for mysteries, all that puzzles us, the problems we encounter in being in the world.

It's a moderated open discussion. Sometimes it will be about a specific topic and sometimes an open evening. This means that we choose a topic together on the night. The sessions are facilitated primarily to give all attendees a chance to speak (if they want to) and to keep us on topic, if appropriate.

The ethos:

- to combine a wide range of philosophical conversations and enquiry within an informal setting

- encourage an open and engaging exchange of ideas and views as part of a social evening.

as an example 'controversy' topics in public debate, social and news media produce most reaction and responses ... but little reflective thought. Mostly it is reinforcing a set perspective or pre-rehearsed view. Yet thought matters. It is thought that turns criticism into critique. The distinction being, rather than negate or deprecate an idea it can question assumption, presumptions and contribute to debate. This contribution comes through listening, learning, observing and changing. As a result we can tussle with ideas, with passion.

Philosophy, Roger Farnworth a friend of mine once said, "is all about listening to your heart and delighting in your mind”

It is run in conjunction with the Waterloo Philosophy Cafe.

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