ASKING THE BIG QUESTIONS: Philosophy is the "love of wisdom." Even if you haven't studied much philosophy, you can still ask the big questions. After all, Socrates said that the unexamined life is not worth living. And who says philosophy has to be boring?
In our Socrates Cafe, we want to ask the big questions: • What is the meaning of life? • Why does anything exist at all? • Why should I be moral? What is the good life? • Why do evils take place—like an earthquake in Haiti? • Is there truth? • Is there a God, and if so, can we know God? • Are all religions basically the same? • Do we have free will, or are we more like puppets on strings?
For anyone who is willing to ask the big, life-defining questions, this group is for you! Hopefully, we'll come away with more than just interesting answers to our questions or new thoughts to ponder; maybe these discussions can even help change the direction of our lives in the pursuit of wisdom!
WHO CAN COME? Thinkers and seekers from all perspectives are welcome. At each monthly meeting, we'll do three things:
(1) We'll talk about some philosophical, ethical, or theological topic. (2) We'll have a discussion with lots of Q&A. Everyone is welcome to participate. You don't have to agree. We just ask that you ask questions and interact cordially. (3) Then, we’ll continue the discussion around some snacks and beverages.
Socrates said that the unexamined life is not worth living. But what is a life worth living? What is the best kind of life that leads to human flourishing? Or is this merely person-relative or culturally-relative?
What if a person chooses her own "meaning in life"? Is this just as valid as anyone else's? Does "choosing our own meaning in life" actually *make* life meaningful? If not, what are some other considerations for a meaningful life? And what is the justification behind those reasons? If objective meaning cannot be rooted in culture or one's own personal choice/preference, is it possible that there is an objective basis beyond the personal or cultural--a transcendent basis like Plato's Good, True, and Beautiful? Or perhaps some other basis?
I look forward to a good--and meaningful--discussion with you all!