Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Cafe Philo in New York City meets this week on Thursday, 4/8: Does Philosophy Bake Bread?

Cafe Philo in New York City will meet this week on Thursday, April 8, 2010 with a discussion on the topic of "Does Philosophy Bake Bread?"

I was not in attendance at the last Cafe Philo NYC session which discussed "Does our Perception of the World Correspond with our Knowledge of the World?" before choosing the latest topic, but the chosen topic is a variant of the old adage "Philosophy bakes no bread", implying that philosophy has no practical value.

I wrote up my own thoughts on the topic in a blog post entitled "Does philosophy bake bread?"

I have been acting as guest 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:

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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