Saturday, March 03, 2012

Cafe Philo in New York City this coming week, Thursday, 3/8/2012: Can philosophy be used as a psychotherapeutic method?

(Please note the new time: 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM!!)
Please join Café Philo New York City this coming week, on Thursday, March 8, 2012 to discuss the topic "Can philosophy be used as a psychotherapeutic method?" 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 9 attendees):
  1. Is America a democracy? (1)
  2. Do you need true love for a fulfilled life? (4)
  3. Obsession. (3)
  4. How would it feel to make everything an experience? (3)
  5. Is there any progress in philosophy? (3)
  6. Should we sign a social contract? (1)
  7. Do we need dueling in a civilized society? (2)
  8. Does determinism entail predestination? (2)
  9. Can the devil make you do anything? (4)
  10. Is there such a thing as honor? (4)
  11. Can philosophy be used as a psychotherapeutic method? (5) *
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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