Q: If you had to declare a manifesto for this group, what would it be?
A: That philosophy is for everybody. That, while it uses abstraction, its value rests on its concrete utility in everyday life. For example, you don't have to know how to program a computer to benefit from one (though of course you can do more with it if you know how it works).
Q: I'm very busy ‐ what preparation is involved?
A: We do not assign reading, because we are interested in your original thinking. As the theme of each meeting is announced in advance, it would be helpful if you would think of a personal story that grounds the theme realistically. Don't worry about it, though: you may think of one on the spot.
Q: I'm too busy preparing my own treatise on topic X to participate in a group discussion.
A: Everyone has to manage their own priorities, but people do underestimate the value of open interaction with their peers. If you find yourself going over the same questions and answers, then maybe it's time to expose yourself to other perspectives. Try proposing a theme relating to topic X and see what you get for two hours of your time.
Q: Where can I get more information?
A: Besides checking out the announcements of previous meetings, you can visit the Message Boards ("Meeting summaries", "What Is Philosophy Cafe?") under the Discussion menu, and the full FAQ in the Pages tab. Or...why not just come chat with us some Tuesday?
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• On Dan Dennett's compatibilism, in Free Will.
• I'm about halfway through a high-level recap of our last couple years, emphasizing content rather than process.
Jeff G (Lead Investigator)
2000 University Ave, Berkeley, CA
Belatedly, I offer you a Hypothesis on Means and Ends. This meeting has no date (October is long gone), but will be scheduled for some Tuesday if enough people sign up....
Jeff G (Lead Investigator)
Nov 22, 2016 · 7:00 PM
For years now I've harbored the intention to discuss this theme that relates to Veterans Day. Though of course it might have been another November event that brought it... Learn more
Sep 22, 2016 · 7:30 PM
September Socrates Cafe
For our September meetup we will consider some cosmology. Specifically we’ll talk about Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity and Quantum Mechanics as explanations for... Learn more
Aug 25, 2016 · 7:30 PM
August Socrates Cafe
This month we will continue our investigation of knowing, or more formally in philosophy, epistemology. We can take up the next two topics selected last month:
• Does... Learn more
Jul 21, 2016 · 7:30 PM
July Socrates Cafe
One of our members Brent has suggested we inquire into the question of knowing, or more formally in philosophy, epistemology. It is a vast subject, and as such I'd like... Learn more
Jun 30, 2016 · 7:30 PM
June Socrates Cafe
Last month we considered TIME. This month we will take up SPACE. Seeking to frame the subject in philosophy, consider this definition of Geosophy:
Geosophy is the study... Learn more
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