What we're about

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? • Where do human duties and obligations come from? • How can we test a worldview to see if it is true? • Are all religions basically the same? • Do we have free will, or are we more like puppets on strings? People often take assumptions about life and the universe for granted because they are in the intellectual "air" we breathe. These may come from church, from mass media, from a teacher, or from the arts. But are they valid assumptions? If you like to dig into these questions, this group is for you! Hopefully, you'll be challenged and also challenge others to think more clearly and deeply about these issues. 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 (Classical theist, Pantheist, Atheist, Agnostic, etc.) 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.

Upcoming events (1)

ONLINE: “Schopenhauer’s Influences: Hinduism & Buddhism”

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This is the Saturday afternoon meeting for Socrates Cafe. It's online. We meet every couple Saturdays.

Arthur Schopenhauer [masked]) was a German philosopher, who developed an atheistic ethical system (no religion needed). He was influenced by Immanuel Kant and his transcendental ideas, but also by Eastern philosophies. In Stoic and Buddhist discussions, we remember Schopenhauer because he viewed human desire as a source of suffering. To Schopenhauer, the way to end suffering was to contemplate the aesthetics of the world (to be immersed in the senses). This week, we will review his interests in Hinduism and Buddhism (Wikipedia article).

Our meeting starts with an introduction or a dialogue, and then proceeds to an open discussion. You don't need to read any materials in advance.


This meeting has no prerequisites; reading in advance is optional.

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Meeting time (USA):
3:00PM Eastern
2:00PM Central
1:00PM Mountain
Noon Pacific

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Our group enjoys open-minded, respectful conversations on Philosophy and how it relates to science, culture, other belief systems, and even pop culture (books and movies). Sometimes "we agree to disagree", but the long-term goal is to improve our minds via group discussions.

This meeting is free and open to the public.


Past events (103)

ONLINE: "Secular Buddhism"

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