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Political Philosophy Cafe – 4th Monday of the Month
This edition of the Philosophy Cafe comes with a little twist towards Political Philosophy covering everything from Plato to Marx and beyond. It is meant to encourage a friendly discussion and an open exchange of ideas. Political Philosophy Cafe is a regular monthly meeting happening on the 4th Monday of each month, 6:30-8:30pm at The Travelling Through Bookshop Cafe (downstairs inside the bookshops). So put it in your diary! How it works is that we choose the discussion topic together on the night and you're invited to participate (or to sit back and enjoy the conversation, if that's your preference). No homework or prior reading is necessary - just come prepared to be open-minded. Everyone is welcome to suggest a topic. The topic should be relatively brief and it doesn't need to be a question; one-word topics can make for excellent conversation. Please also try to leave assumptions out of the question (e.g., do not ask "why do we think..." as it presumes that we all think the same way - which is highly unlikely). The Travelling Through Cafe serves tea/coffee and has a drinks license. There is food and snacks. Food is very good, although limited so you can grab a bite before and during the discussion. Please bring £3 to donate towards the costs (they stay open especially for us). Don't forget to keep your RSVP up-to-date!

Travelling Through Book Shop & Cafe

131 Lower Marsh, SE1 7AE · London

What we're about

The Waterloo Philosophy Cafe meetings are held at the Travelling Through Book Shop & Cafe (, 131 Lower Marsh, SE1 7AE, London. It is discussion group based on the ideas that philosophy is about justifying our beliefs through reason, not merely emotions or appeals to authority. It is about inclusivity, so:

• it is open to absolutely everyone, being held in a casual cafe environment, encouraging everyone to join in - but there's no obligation to do so.

• it is open to ideas encompassing subjects wider than the traditional philosophy topics, allowing for mysteries, all that puzzles us, the problems we encounter in being in the world.

It's a moderated open discussion, although sometimes it will be about a specific topic. This means that we choose a topic together on the night. The sessions are facilitated primarily to give all attendees a chance to speak (if they want to) and to keep us on topic, if appropriate.

The ethos:

- to combine a wide range of philosophical conversations and enquiry within an informal setting

- encourage an open and engaging exchange of ideas and views as part of a social evening.

as an example 'controversy' topics in public debate, social and news media produce most reaction and responses ... but little reflective thought. Mostly it is reinforcing a set perspective or pre-rehearsed view. Yet thought matters. It is thought that turns criticism into critique. The distinction being, rather than negate or deprecate an idea it can question assumptions, presumptions and contribute to debate. This contribution comes through listening, learning, observing and challenging. As a result we can tussle with ideas, with passion, together.

Roger Farnworth, a friend of mine once said, "Philosophy is all about listening to your heart and delighting in your mind”

The usual meeting place will be at Travelling Through Bookshop & the website for this is:

This group is run in conjunction with the London Socrates Cafe.

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