Socrates Café is a philosophy meetup that is open to absolutely everyone. We meet weekly to discuss questions that are common to all of humanity. It's held in a casual cafe environment and we encourage everyone to join in the discussion - but there's no obligation to do so. We're bringing philosophy back to the people!
Each meetup will focus around one specific question. Discussions can often veer far of this topic as related questions are explored. This is perfectly alright since to answer any question in a satisfying way related topics and subtopics have to be explored. But the aim is that each of us will walk away with either some satisfying answers to the original question or with some new important questions we have realised need to be explored further.
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This week, we'll decide on the (strictly philosophical!) topic to be discussed on the night by voting - and also on the format of the discussion. Please come along with some good ideas - and maybe message about them in advance? Topics that don't get chosen tonight might come back another time ...
The latest figures suggest that religious belief has declined further in most western and some non-western countries - and even in the United States. Is this decline an opportunity for philosophy? If so, how should philosophers seize it?
The Marquis de Sade thought that universal moral principles were "idle fancies". But was he right? Are there principles of right-and-wrong that apply everywhere, or do they always depend on time, place and culture?
In recent years, there has been an extraordinary increase in the number of courses and programmes offering tuition in "mindfulness" and meditation. But is there any truth in the claims made for these techniques? Are they a genuine help for people under stress - or simply hype? Join us for a philosophical discussion of mindfulness.