So, the first question you are probably asking is, "What is Socrates Café?" That is a good question to start with, hopefully one of many.
Socrates Café, technically, is a book written by Christopher Phillips, author and co-founder of The Society for Philosophical Inquiry. Chris developed the idea of Socrates Café to do as Socrates did, bring philosophy to the every day individual.
Philosophy is not only for the college graduate student, or the "highly intellectual" people who seem to know a lot about everything. Even the dictionary doesn't confine it to them. Philosophy is the "love and pursuit of wisdom by intellectual means and moral self-discipline" according to the American Heritage dictionary.
So, why should you care about these Socrates Cafés? Well answer these questions first. When was the last time you could discuss your thoughts openly and honestly with others? Have you ever questioned society and it's assumptions or your own? Do you like to have a good, safe discussion without fear of being attacked for having an opinion that is different? This is Socrates Café.
Here we are, a group of individuals, who like to talk. We come from all walks of life, all nationalities, all religions, all political views, both genders. We come from North, East, South and West. We get together and discuss what is on our minds, from something on the news that day to the age old questions of "What is ...?" We want to help you learn how to think, not what to think.
From here I'm going to send you off to other pages that will focus on different aspects of Socrates Café, including a lists of questions from some of our area groups, locations of Socrates Cafés that we know of (focusing in the MN area), a page of links concerning Socrates Café and to our Socrates Café forum (currently under construction). Feel free to ask your own questions in the forum.
The Society for Philosophical Inquiry