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Philosophy Nights bring diverse people together for discussions about literature, social and cultural trends, human behaviour, technology, politics, science, and public policy in curious, open-minded company. They began in 2016 as private gatherings of McGill students from various disciplines and were expanded to welcome anyone interested in discussing and debating the issues that matter most. These evenings don't have an ideological lean and welcome evidence supporting any perspective. We seek to reflect on our assumptions and deductions while engaging with new ideas.

Philosophy Nights work as follows: after introductions, the host opens the floor to the group for any questions. Anyone can pose a question for the group to contemplate. As examples, topics we have discussed include:

- the role of religious symbols in the public sphere
- the value and purpose of higher education in modern society
- game theory as it relates to high-functioning psychopathy
- multinational corporations extracting local resources in developing countries
- integrity in journalism in a "post-truth era"
- ethical arguments for and against veganism and vegetarianism
- the tyranny of the majority & rights of a minority of one
- the MeToo movement & gender relations
- LGBTQ identities & therians
- parallels between Buddhism and stoicism
- increased state surveillance resulting from technological advances
- the effect of hookup culture on women
- if democracies are suitable for every country
- the father's role in the family
- ethical dilemmas posed by self-driving vehicles
- effects of globalization
- how to live a meaningful life, self-determination theory
- deontology vs. utilitarianism
- Canadian immigration policies as compared to those of other countries

After the question is posed, people jump in with arguments and anecdotes in lively debate. These evenings are filled with plenty of food and offer a great way to meet new folks in Montreal. A small promotional per-hour fee (firsthour at 5.50$, extra hours at 2.25$ for members and 1.75$ for students) provides unlimited coffee, tea, hot drinks, snacks and, of course, intriguing philosophical discussions. Looking forward to seeing you there!

En tant qu'organisateurs de meetup, il est important pour nous de savoir combien de personnes participeront à nos meetups, afin de mieux vous accueillir dans l'espace et de mieux planifier les événements aux «Insiders» qui viennent! De plus, il est important pour les organisateurs qui travaillent avec nous d'avoir une image claire des personnes qui assistent à leurs meetups et il est important aux autres "Insiders" de savoir qui assistera aux divers groupes Meetup que notre café tient! Nous avons donc décidé de vous présenter notre politique RSVP simple à deux points!

1. Nous vous demandons de bien vouloir vous présenter aux meetups auxquels vous mettez un RSVP!

2. Si vous avez mit RSVP à un meetup, mais que vous ne pourriez pas vous présenter à celui-ci, veuillez nous le faire savoir au moins 3 heures en avance, en enlevant votre RSVP.

Dans le cas où vous avez manqué trois (3) meetups (auxquels vous avez mit un RSVP) dans la période de 1 mois, vous serez, malheureusement, retiré du groupe meetup. Vous recevrez un e-mail d'avertissement si vous ne vous présentez pas une deuxième fois.

Merci de votre compréhension! Nous espérons vous voir bientôt!

Being meetup organizers, it is important for us to know how many people will attend our meetups, so as to better accommodate the space for our clients and plan out the event as well adjusted as possible to the “Insiders” that come! Furthermore, it is important to the organizers that work with us to have a clear picture of the people attending their meetups, while it is also important for your fellow “Insiders” to know who will attend the various meetup groups our cafe hosts! Therefore, we have decided to present to you our simple two-point RSVP policy!

We kindly ask you to show up to the meetups you RSVP to! If you have RSVPed to a meetup, but find yourself unable to show up, please let us know at least 3 hours before the meetup happens, by changing your RSVP preferences.

In the case you three(3) missed RSVPed meetups in the time span of 1 month, you will be, unfortunately, removed from the meetup group. You will get a warning email after you do not show up for a second time.

Thank you for understanding! We hope to see you soon!

Upcoming events (1)

Insiders Philosophy Night

Club Insiders - Anticafé LocaL

Philosophy Nights bring diverse people together for discussions about literature, social and cultural trends, human behaviour, technology, politics, science, and public policy in curious, open-minded company. They began in 2016 as private gatherings of McGill students from various disciplines and were expanded to welcome anyone interested in discussing and debating the issues that matter most. These evenings don't have an ideological lean and welcome evidence supporting any perspective. We seek to reflect on our assumptions and deductions while engaging with new ideas. Philosophy Nights work as follows: after introductions, the host opens the floor to the group for any questions. Anyone can pose a question for the group to contemplate. As examples, topics we have discussed include: - the role of religious symbols in the public sphere - the value and purpose of higher education in modern society - game theory as it relates to high-functioning psychopathy - multinational corporations extracting local resources in developing countries - integrity in journalism in a "post-truth era" - ethical arguments for and against veganism and vegetarianism - the tyranny of the majority & rights of a minority of one - the MeToo movement & gender relations - LGBTQ identities & therians - parallels between Buddhism and stoicism - increased state surveillance resulting from technological advances - the effect of hookup culture on women - if democracies are suitable for every country - the father's role in the family - ethical dilemmas posed by self-driving vehicles - effects of globalization - how to live a meaningful life, self-determination theory - deontology vs. utilitarianism - Canadian immigration policies as compared to those of other countries After the question is posed, people jump in with arguments and anecdotes in lively debate. These evenings are filled with plenty of food and offer a great way to meet new folks in Montreal. A small promotional per-hour fee (firsthour at 5.50$, extra hours at 2.25$ for members and 1.75$ for students) provides unlimited coffee, tea, hot drinks, snacks and, of course, intriguing philosophical discussions. Looking forward to seeing you there!

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Insiders Philosophy Night

Club Insiders - Anticafé LocaL

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