The Café is run by City College Professor of Philosophy Massimo Pigliucci, and it's based on the principle of the Socratic dialogue. Every meeting has a simple theme (e.g., should we be afraid of death? What's the ethics of eating?), which is introduced by Massimo on the basis of a short, accessible, suggested reading. The rest of the meeting then features an open discussion among participants, facilitated by Massimo, aiming at sharpening our thinking about whatever subject matter is being examined.
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4 days ago · 6:00 PM
The philosophy of human races
Join us for a Socratic discussion on "The philosophy of human races." Should you have time and inclination, the suggested reading in preparation of the meeting is... Learn more
Dec 27, 2016 · 6:30 PM
The evolution of evolutionary theory
There is a lot of talk about 'Darwinism' and evolution these days, with still plenty of Americans who deny the validity of the most important theory in the biological... Learn more
Dec 21, 2016 · 6:00 PM
Ought implies Can. Or does it?
Join us for a Socratic discussion on "Ought implies Can. Or does it?" Should you have time and inclination, the suggested readings in preparation of the meeting are... Learn more
Nov 21, 2016 · 6:00 PM
Too much or too little science? Between the extremes of scientism and pseudoscie
We live in an increasingly polarized society, not just in terms of political and social issues, but also when it comes to our very understanding of the world. An... Learn more
Nov 17, 2016 · 6:30 PM
Philosophy Day at City College!
Join us for our annual celebration of UNESCO's International Philosophy Day, on the campus of the City College of New York in Harlem.
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The 2016 WPD... Learn more