What we're about

Philosophy in the Park is for streetwise and 'romantic' philosophy; where the focus is applying philosophical thought to ones life, and not merely settling academic disputes.

Background:

In the mid-18th century, Paris became the center of an explosion of philosophic and scientific activity challenging traditional doctrines and dogmas. The philosophic movement argued for a society based upon reason as in ancient Greece.

Philosophy In The Park Toronto seeks to revive that mindset for the 21st Century and to that end we meet in parks around the Downtown Toronto area.

Who should Join:

Anyone interested in meaningful discussions. No formal knowledge or training required (but always encouraged). Just fun, friends and free discussion on the most fundamental questions of Life.

About the Organizer:

Hello, dear reader. Thank you for your interest in my Meetup group! I have lead two philosophy societies while in university. The OG philosophers (The Ancient Greeks) would practice philosophy in a central public space, a "gathering place" or "assembly" which was the center of the athletic, artistic, spiritual and political life in the city.

I realized that the best discussions of philosophy are outdoors and in nature. I feel this is even more important in 2019, as universities themselves actively seek to silence free expression and independent thought.

Policy and Guidelines:

I reserve the right to remove any individuals being what I view as disrespectful i.e. that violate the Ontario Human Rights Code:

"... it is public policy in Ontario to recognize the dignity and worth of every person and to provide for equal rights and opportunities without discrimination ... and having as its aim the creation of a climate of understanding and mutual respect for the dignity and worth of each person so that each person feels a part of the community and able to contribute fully to the development and well-being of the community ..."

Upcoming events (1)

On Being Canadian- Discussions on Canadian Identity

Riverdale Park East

‘‘Countries with a strong national identity — linguistic, religious or cultural — are finding it a challenge to effectively integrate people from different backgrounds. In France, there is still a typical citizen and an atypical citizen. Canada doesn’t have that dynamic.’’ ‘‘There is no core identity, no mainstream in Canada’’ -Justin Trudeau, 23rd Prime Minister of Canada, in a 2015 interview with the New York Times For our next meetup we will be discussing the question of Canadian identity, whether it exists or not, and whether we have the right language to describe it. Given that we are in the midst of a federal election and there is a rising tide of nationalism around the globe, this is a good time to discuss the topic. Some questions we will cover that will hopefully get your gears turning: 1. When European settlers first came to these lands, they needed to form positive relationships with the indigenous population in order to survive. In what ways do modern Canadians honour this past? In what ways do Canadians betray this? 2. Due to similar origins and close proximity, Canadians and Americans are constantly contrasted by media and popular culture (Canadians are generally seen as nicer, peacekeeping, less aggressive etc.). How do these external judgments shape the way we construct a Canadian identity? 3. Immigration has been a constant dynamic factor in Canadian society. How does immigration shape Canadian identity? 4. Is multiculturalism a force for good or bad in Canada? 5. The winter months bring us closer to the harsh realities of nature. Does this proximity influence the way Canadians think of themselves? BONUS: Look at the PDF below and note any of the quotes that resonate with you. https://www.edu.gov.mb.ca/k12/cur/socstud/foundation_gr9/blms/9-1-3b.pdf Please note this event is open to anyone, whether you've been here for 5 months or 30 years, whether you are 10th generation Canadian or a landed immigrant, whether you grew up in the Yukon or right here in Toronto.

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