What we're about

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Pub Philosophy will be gathering online using Zoom for the foreseeable future. Once the pandemic is over, we will likely have a mix of online and in-person events.

The goal of Pub Philosophy is to build community around meaningful conversations through the cross-fertilization of ideas. We do this via loosely moderated discussions. There's a designated moderator at each table who gently keeps the discussion on-topic, ensures everyone follows the R.E.S.P.E.C.T. guidelines, and creates space for everyone to contribute. We're here to have a good faith discussion instead of a contentious debate.

All thoughtful perspectives are welcome so long as they're respectful.

We drink responsibly.

* Update: Beginning in January 2020, the group's name changed to reflect a broadening of the discussion to more contemporary philosophical questions. Matters of theology and spirituality are still fair game, though. In addition, we moved next door to the quieter Sabbatical Spirits, which is adjacent to the old Hop Scholar Ale House location. Just look for the table tents with the Pub Philosophy logo.

Upcoming events (5)

Return to the Pub! - Tuesday Night Discussions at Hop Scholar

Hop Scholar Ale House

Hey Everyone!

With the relaxation of Covid restrictions and the lowering of the Covid threat level, we will be putting the "pub" back into Pub Philosophy. Join us for a night of friendly and intellectually-engaging discussion at our old stomping grounds at Hop Scholar Ale House. There will be a designated moderator who gently keeps the discussion on-topic, ensures everyone follows the R.E.S.P.E.C.T. guidelines, and creates space for everyone to contribute.

The R.E.S.P.E.C.T. guidelines are as follows:
R = take RESPONSIBILITY for what you think, feel, and say without blaming others
E = use EMPATHETIC listening to understand where others are coming from
S = be SENSITIVE to differences in personality and communication styles
P = PONDER what you hear from others rather than rushing to respond
E = carefully EXAMINE your own assumptions, perceptions, and biases
C = keep CONFIDENTIALITY, especially when people share personal matters in their lives
T = TRUST one another to have a good faith discussion instead of a contentious debate

Online: Tuesday Night Discussions

Online event

Join us for a friendly and intellectually-engaging discussion!

There's a designated moderator who gently keeps the discussion on-topic, ensures everyone follows the R.E.S.P.E.C.T. guidelines, and creates space for everyone to contribute. All participants need both audio and video as it helps with effective communication.

R = take RESPONSIBILITY for what you think, feel, and say without blaming others
E = use EMPATHETIC listening to understand where others are coming from
S = be SENSITIVE to differences in personality and communication styles
P = PONDER what you hear from others rather than rushing to respond
E = carefully EXAMINE your own assumptions, perceptions, and biases
C = keep CONFIDENTIALITY, especially when people share personal matters in their lives
T = TRUST one another to have a good faith discussion instead of a contentious debate

Group norms:
1) We avoid talking about current political affairs as much as possible. Comments about “political philosophy” or “political science” are more than welcome, but we make an effort to avoid getting lost in the weeds of contemporary politics, especially anything in the past 5 years.
2) We keep our comments very short and succinct to allow space and time for others. As a general rule, we try to keep answers around 1 minute or less.
3) We raise our hands when we want to speak. The moderator will start a queue in the chat if more than one person wants to speak. If the moderator misses you, please let them know!

Online: Tuesday Night Discussions

Online event

Join us for a friendly and intellectually-engaging discussion!

There's a designated moderator who gently keeps the discussion on-topic, ensures everyone follows the R.E.S.P.E.C.T. guidelines, and creates space for everyone to contribute. All participants need both audio and video as it helps with effective communication.

R = take RESPONSIBILITY for what you think, feel, and say without blaming others
E = use EMPATHETIC listening to understand where others are coming from
S = be SENSITIVE to differences in personality and communication styles
P = PONDER what you hear from others rather than rushing to respond
E = carefully EXAMINE your own assumptions, perceptions, and biases
C = keep CONFIDENTIALITY, especially when people share personal matters in their lives
T = TRUST one another to have a good faith discussion instead of a contentious debate

Group norms:
1) We avoid talking about current political affairs as much as possible. Comments about “political philosophy” or “political science” are more than welcome, but we make an effort to avoid getting lost in the weeds of contemporary politics, especially anything in the past 5 years.
2) We keep our comments very short and succinct to allow space and time for others. As a general rule, we try to keep answers around 1 minute or less.
3) We raise our hands when we want to speak. The moderator will start a queue in the chat if more than one person wants to speak. If the moderator misses you, please let them know!

Online: Tuesday Night Discussions

Online event

Join us for a friendly and intellectually-engaging discussion!

There's a designated moderator who gently keeps the discussion on-topic, ensures everyone follows the R.E.S.P.E.C.T. guidelines, and creates space for everyone to contribute. All participants need both audio and video as it helps with effective communication.

R = take RESPONSIBILITY for what you think, feel, and say without blaming others
E = use EMPATHETIC listening to understand where others are coming from
S = be SENSITIVE to differences in personality and communication styles
P = PONDER what you hear from others rather than rushing to respond
E = carefully EXAMINE your own assumptions, perceptions, and biases
C = keep CONFIDENTIALITY, especially when people share personal matters in their lives
T = TRUST one another to have a good faith discussion instead of a contentious debate

Group norms:
1) We avoid talking about current political affairs as much as possible. Comments about “political philosophy” or “political science” are more than welcome, but we make an effort to avoid getting lost in the weeds of contemporary politics, especially anything in the past 5 years.
2) We keep our comments very short and succinct to allow space and time for others. As a general rule, we try to keep answers around 1 minute or less.
3) We raise our hands when we want to speak. The moderator will start a queue in the chat if more than one person wants to speak. If the moderator misses you, please let them know!

Past events (284)

Online: Tuesday Night Discussions

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