thinking-man---cafe-philo-image---smallCafé Philo DC: Should You Be Purely Rational About the Risks You Run?

Moderator: Maynard Moore

Café Philo DC, now in its 19th year, is a moderated, philosophical roundtable discussion for the general public founded by Ken Feldman and animated by the question: "If politics is too important to be left to the politicians, then isn't thinking too important to be left to any authority other than your own mind?" Modeled on its Parisian prototype, the event welcomes all philosophically curious people to discuss the big questions in life. Topics often encourage the practical application of philosophical principles and, in good Socratic fashion, the discussions encourage participants to cultivate the process of imaginative inquiry as much, if not more, than to seek definitive answers to vexing questions.

Examples of past topics are: Am I sane? Does knowledge inhibit the imagination? What is humor? Is mathematics merely a human construct? Who belongs to that voice in my head? Does freedom of choice enslave us? Should atheists proselytize? Is romance a necessary illusion? What is the role of reason in human affairs? Are we making progress? Can a reader understand a novel better than its author? Are there limits to tolerance? Is the individual more important than the community? What is the basis for morality? Are truth and justice myths? What is the relationship between art and morality? Should we live in the moment? Is it immoral to live happily while injustice persists? Is violence ever justified? What is meaning? Is certainty overvalued? Is reality in the mind or in the world? Are there valid moral principles for a culturally diverse society? and Does provocative speech merit restriction?


Event Information

Cost: Free
No Registration Required


Saturday, 05/12/18 at 1:00pm - 3:30pm | iCal


West End Library Branch, DC Public Library (WEE Meeting Room)
2301 L St., NW
Washington,, DC 20037 United States

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Event Contact
Ken Feldman AB Philosophy, '74
(703) 615-9531