What we're about

Do you enjoy deep, honest and respectful discussions of fundamental human questions? If yes, then you will love this meet up!

We ask questions and discuss ideas to stimulate critical thinking. We enrich ourselves with the perspectives of others, not to convince others about our own perspectives.

Our meetups are about our own philosophies of life and not necessarily what the great philosophers and academics have said or written. It is not a debating club or a platform for proselytizing. Instead, we place the emphasis on questioning, open mindedness and challenging our own assumptions while listening to and considering the views shared by others.
A Socrates Café meeting typically ends with participants leaving with many more questions than they had at the beginning.

WHAT TOPICS ARE DISCUSSED?

At the start of each meeting, the Facilitator invites participants to suggest topics. We then vote and choose that evening's most popular topic for discussion. No academic training in philosophy necessary; just enthusiasm for exchanging ideas and points of view.
A few examples of subjects chosen at past meetups:
• What ideals, if any, are worth dying for?
• What is the best form of government?
• What makes you "you" despite physical and experiential changes over your lifetime?
• What is beauty, and how important is it?
• What are ethical pricing and greed?
• What is the "best" education?
• What is true friendship?
• What would the world be like if women were in charge?

WHO SHOULD JOIN?

Everyone is welcome! Our events include women and men from different cultural backgrounds, ages, native languages, careers, and educational levels. No formal philosophical training is mandatory. The only requirements are a willingness to listen respectfully, and to be open to what people have to say even if you disagree. Putting down others is absolutely not allowed. You would also need at least minimal understanding of spoken English to participate. No one is required to speak, although sharing is encouraged within the supportive environment of the group.
Our usual participants are people that have a hunger for deeper understanding of themselves and the world.

THE FACILITATORS

The Socrates Café is run by a team of facilitating members. With more facilitators we can have more people joining the meet ups. If you like this meet up and want to help out making it available to more people, let us know.

FEEDBACK

If you have any feedback regarding our events, different facilitation styles, or anything at all, reach out to the facilitator you want to give the feedback to or to the organizer of the group. You can message us using meetup private messages. We regularly check our inboxes.

Upcoming events (3)

The Socrates Café — Live at the OBA

OBA Amsterdam Public Library

Due to the new corona-rules, we will need to make the following changes:

1. Please remember to bring your QR Code. The OBA have done checks in the past and they have asked people to leave when they didnt have their code.

2. Smaller group sizes in order to maintain the 1.5m distance without having to raise our voices. This would mean a maximum group size of 6 per table. We will make sure to have enough moderators for the amount of people signed up.

Please make sure you arrive on time because the number of groups depend on how many people are there at the start. Arriving late may mean that all the tables are full, and we would not be able to rearrange the groups if the discussions have already started.

Thanks for your patience and cooperation! Physical health is important but so is mental health, so we'll do our best to make sure these events continue as usual.

Nora

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How to find us:

We will be up at the Babel Cafe on the 7th floor of the OBA - elevators are on the right of the entrance. We will do our best to use the two long tables in the back. For those of you who were with us before corona, this is where we used to meet for drinks after the discussions.

If you cannot find us, please post a comment on the Event page. Let us know where you are and someone will come find you.

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Socrates Cafe is meant for philosophical discussions about fundamental human questions. There’s no lecture! It’s participants like you who make the discussion a success, organizers just facilitate it.

We bring our most puzzling questions - along with creativity, curiosity and genuine interest to enrich ourselves with perspectives of others. This usually makes Socrates Café event a truly inspiring one for people with very different backgrounds.

Our format is bring-your-own-questions. Here is a collection of our past questions:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/133sfywQ81G2jcQ4acXESK2-BCosHipvMNQ7w1pj1WL8/edit?usp=sharing

There are some topics that may be worth revisiting, but of course both old and new questions are equally welcome! We discuss, inquire and think aloud; respect is the only main rule.

For practical reasons, we have following guidelines to make the discussion as comfortable as possible for everyone:

1. Unexpected things happen, so if you cannot make it please cancel as soon as possible so that people on the waitlist can attend. Frequent no-shows will be moved to the waitlist to give priority to those who are willing and able to attend.

2. Sometimes it will be necessary to challenge others' ideas or arguments in order to move the conversation forward. However, please do not attack the person who presented those opinions. Personal attacks do not advance the conversation in a meaningful way.

You can read more background about Socrates Café in the meetup group description, and if you have any questions feel free to ask!

See you soon!

The Socrates Café — philosophical discussion (online event)

Online event

Philosophical discussions about fundamental human questions.

It’s not a lecture! It’s participants like you who make the discussion a success, organizers just facilitate it.

We bring our most puzzling questions - along with creativity, curiosity and genuine interest to enrich ourselves with perspectives of others. This usually makes Socrates Café event a truly inspiring one for people with very different backgrounds. We discuss, we inquire, we think aloud - respect is the main rule.

Some practical stuff:

Here is a link to the question bank: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/133sfywQ81G2jcQ4acXESK2-BCosHipvMNQ7w1pj1WL8/edit?usp=sharing

There are some topics that may be worth revisiting, but of course both old and new questions are equally welcome!

1. Everyone is welcome, but not all behaviors are welcome. If there is anything that may prevent you from participating in a respectful discussion, leave them outside before you come into the discussion. If you cannot do that yet, please take a break from our discussions until you are ready.

2. If you cannot make it, please cancel as soon as possible before the event - otherwise you will be marked as a no-show. Frequent no-shows will be moved to the waiting list in future meetups. For those on the waiting list, last-minute spots may be available due to no-shows, so please keep an eye on your notifications.

3. Please arrive on time so that you can participate in the whole discussion. In order to maintain the flow of the discussion, late arrivals may be asked to remain in the waiting room until the queue is cleared.

4. Please reserve the chat for queuing - it is not meant to be used to jump the queue with personal broadcasts. If you would like to share links or resources, please post them as a comment on the event page instead so that they remain accessible after we end the Zoom meeting.

5. It is sometimes necessary to challenge others' ideas in the process - you are welcome to do so without attacking the person who presented those ideas.

Personal attacks do not advance the conversation in a meaningful way, and participants who initiate these attacks will be asked to leave the discussion. Freedom of speech does not mean freedom from consequence.

It is important to remember that we are all on the same team - we are working together to decipher the same question.

You can read more background about Socrates Café in the meetup group description, and if you have any questions - feel free to ask!

See you soon!

The Socrates Café — philosophical discussion (online event)

Online event

Philosophical discussions about fundamental human questions.

It’s not a lecture! It’s participants like you who make the discussion a success, organizers just facilitate it.

We bring our most puzzling questions - along with creativity, curiosity and genuine interest to enrich ourselves with perspectives of others. This usually makes Socrates Café event a truly inspiring one for people with very different backgrounds. We discuss, we inquire, we think aloud - respect is the main rule.

Some practical stuff:

Here is a link to the question bank: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/133sfywQ81G2jcQ4acXESK2-BCosHipvMNQ7w1pj1WL8/edit?usp=sharing

There are some topics that may be worth revisiting, but of course both old and new questions are equally welcome!

1. Everyone is welcome, but not all behaviors are welcome. If there is anything that may prevent you from participating in a respectful discussion, leave them outside before you come into the discussion. If you cannot do that yet, please take a break from our discussions until you are ready.

2. If you cannot make it, please cancel as soon as possible before the event - otherwise you will be marked as a no-show. Frequent no-shows will be moved to the waiting list in future meetups. For those on the waiting list, last-minute spots may be available due to no-shows, so please keep an eye on your notifications.

3. Please arrive on time so that you can participate in the whole discussion. In order to maintain the flow of the discussion, late arrivals may be asked to remain in the waiting room until the queue is cleared.

4. Please reserve the chat for queuing - it is not meant to be used to jump the queue with personal broadcasts. If you would like to share links or resources, please post them as a comment on the event page instead so that they remain accessible after we end the Zoom meeting.

5. It is sometimes necessary to challenge others' ideas in the process - you are welcome to do so without attacking the person who presented those ideas.

Personal attacks do not advance the conversation in a meaningful way, and participants who initiate these attacks will be asked to leave the discussion. Freedom of speech does not mean freedom from consequence.

It is important to remember that we are all on the same team - we are working together to decipher the same question.

You can read more background about Socrates Café in the meetup group description, and if you have any questions - feel free to ask!

See you soon!

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