Cafe Philo in New York City meets in two weeks on Thursday, 3/11: Who are we, where are we going?
Due to the inclement weather last night, the regular Cafe Philo NYC discussion was cancelled and rescheduled for the next regular meeting date, so Cafe Philo in New York City will meet in two weeks on Thursday, March 11, 2010 with a discussion on the topic of "Who are we, where are we going?" (Same topic).
There were actually five of us that showed up last night, including Bernard and myself, but we just had some informal conversation (and wine and food.) We joked that the discussion topic was "What are we doing here, when are we leaving?"
I have been acting as moderator lately. Bernard Roy has been attending recently as a participant.
Catch up with 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 can be had for $6 (plus tax and tip.)
After winding down our discussion, we entertain and vote on proposals for the topic question for the next meeting.
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:
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.