Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Cafe Philo in New York City next week, Thursday, 3/10: Is large income inequality a bad thing?

Cafe Philo in New York City will meet next week, on Thursday, March 10, 2011 for a discussion on the topic of "Is large income inequality a bad thing?" Although we will be examining the topic from a philosophical perspective, I am sure that the current economic and social situation will be a significant element of the discussion.

The suggested topics for the upcoming meeting and their votes (out of 8 attendees):

  1. What's up with dog people? (4)
  2. Does determinism entail predestination? (1)
  3. Are we what we eat? (2)
  4. Power of attraction. (4)
  5. Has philosophy kept up with the times? (5)
  6. Can the Middle East youth teach us something about dealing with fear? (3)
  7. How do living things and machines differ? (5)
  8. Optimism and pessimism. (4)
  9. Does each human being have only the moment? (5)
  10. Is large income inequality a bad thing? (6) *
  11. Is the Internet a good thing? (3)
  12. How important is love? (5)
  13. Can you buy love? (3)
  14. Selfishness. (4)
  15. Do we need more? (2)
  16. Do we need dueling in a democratic society? (2)

I have been acting as guest moderator lately. Bernard Roy has been attending as a participant (but is expected to be out of town for this coming meeting.)

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 Afghan Restaurant 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 are also usually some attendees who go across the street to McCormack's Pub 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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