Sunday, December 20, 2009

Next Cafe Philo in New York City next month (1/14): "What does society owe the individual?"

Cafe Philo in New York City is taking a brief hiatus due to the holidays, so the next discussion meeting will occur on Thursday, January 14, 2010. The discussion topic will be "What does society owe the individual?"

I will likely continue to be the guest moderator until Bernard Roy feels up to resuming his moderator role. Bernard has attended most of our recent meetings as a participant.

There were 6 diehards there this past Thursday who managed to overcome holiday distractions and the cold weather for the disscussion of "What is money?"

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. A glass of red wine costs $6.

There are 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:

There is also a new web site for NYC Cafe

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.

-- Jack Krupansky


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