Thursday, February 02, 2012

Cafe Philo in New York City next week, Thursday, 2/9/2012: How does one come up with a philosophical identity?

(Please note the new time: 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM!!)
Please join Café Philo New York City next week, on Thursday, February 9, 2012 to discuss the topic "How does one come up with a philosophical identity?" Bernard suggested the topic. Please use Meetup to register (for free), but walk-ins are also permitted.
The suggested topics for the upcoming meeting and their votes (out of 7 attendees):
  1. What is evil? (4, 3)
  2. Is nothing sacred? (1)
  3. Do manners and courtesy really matter? (2)
  4. Do we have choice? (3)
  5. Who is a coward? (3)
  6. Does determinism entail predestination? (2)
  7. Can we do better than democracy? (3)
  8. Would dueling be beneficial to society? (2)
  9. A theory of zombies. (2)
  10. The death penalty: yes or no? (4, 3)
  11. How does one come up with a philosophical identity? (4, 4) *
I have been acting as guest moderator lately. Bernard Roy has been attending as a participant.
As usual, the meeting will be held from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 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.


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