Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Cafe Philo in New York City this week: "Can you buy happiness?"

The discussion topic for the next Cafe Philo in New York City this week, on Thursday, May 7, 2009, is "Can you buy happiness?".

It is unclear whether Bernard Roy will be the moderator. We'll see. Hopefully he will be there.

Catch up on preparatory online discussions in the Yahoo group for Cafe Philo NYC.

As usual, the meeting will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the back room at Bamiyan Restaurant (Afghan food) at the northwest corner of Third Avenue and 26th Street in New York City. In exchange for free meeting space, it is expected that each attendee will purchase a minimum of $5 of food or drink.

There is also usually some number of attendees who go across the street to McCormack's Bar for drinks and food and extended discussion after Cafe Philo, but not limited to the scheduled discussion topic.

There are a number of small groups in the U.S. and Europe who meet regularly to discuss topics related to philosophy. Some of these groups go by the name "Cafe Philo." There is one here in New York City that meets every two weeks, every other Thursday. It is organized and moderated by Bernard Roy, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Ramapo College of New Jersey. Each meeting focuses on a specific topic which was suggested and voted on by the participants at the last meeting.

Also, there is an online discussion forum for the NYC Cafe Philo at:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/nycafephilo/

There is also a new web site for NYC Cafe Philowww.nycafephilo.org.

I have been attending the NYC Cafe Philo off and on since 2004. Previously I had attended the Cafe Philo in Washington, D.C. starting in 2001.

Actually, I did in fact attend the most recent Cafe Philo in DC on Sunday, April 26 when the discussion was about the question "Can one believe in both god and evolution?".

-- Jack Krupansky

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