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Do you have a hunger for deeper understanding of yourself and the world? Do you value deep, honest and respectful dialogue?

Socrates Café’s are gatherings around the world where people from different backgrounds get together and exchange thoughtful ideas and experiences while embracing the central idea that we learn more when we question, and question with others. At the Socrates Café, we get together for a monthly discussion of a life question that interests or challenges us. We arrive on the night, pick a question we would like to explore and then launch into 90 minutes of facilitated dialogue. To give you a flavour for the types of questions that we explore, here are some recent examples:

- “Why is there a gap between ideals and behaviour?”

- “Should drugs be de-criminalised”

- “What does it mean to be a good friend?”.

No philosophical background needed. This is about our own philosophies of life and not necessarily what the great philosophers and academics has said or written. It is not a debating club or a platform to proselytising. Instead, we place the emphasis on questioning, open mindedness and challenging our own assumptions while listening to and respecting the views shared by others.

We meet on the 1st Tuesday of each month in Dublin city centre promptly at 7:30pm and wrap-up about 9:30pm.

If you think this might be for you, or even if you are not quite sure yet, why not come along and give it a try. It would be great to see you.

Socrates Café: A space where ideas and dialogue can flourish

Roy & Paul

Upcoming events (2)

What Difference Does it Make if there is a God?

Starbucks Dun Laoghaire

We are hitting the ground running after the summer break with this hefty topic! Let's be clear: this is not so much a pro- or anti-God topic as it is a what-if proposition. And it is rich, philosophically and practically. Whatever your worldview, does it matter if the God described in the Bible, or of some other origin, exists and ultimately directs the affairs of the universe? Are there consequences or outcomes to our choices in regard to this? The topic may require an extra dose of socratic discipline to stay on track! Join us and bring your views with you! Grab a drink at Starbucks in Marine Road and participate in the discussion.


Irish Film Institute

Title for next bookclub is The Grand Hotel Abyss by Stuart Jeffries. Please only sign up for event after you have gotten the book and can commit to finish reading it before the bookclub. Many thanks.

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Can we be certain of anything?

Third Space Smithfield

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