Philosophy Café

Held online via Zoom. Facilitated by Peter Whitfield

The first café this term will be Friday 7th October at 7pm.

There will be  8 sessions for the term with one weeks break (half-term 24-30 October, no café 28thOctober). The last café will be Friday 2nd December.

A weekly get together of like minded people, who want to engage or recharge their interest in the practical benefits of studying philosophy.

Free drop-in sessions on Zoom, no need to attend every week. You will need to register, please click here to register. 

  • Weekly topics taken from the philosophy courses with a focus on Practical Philosophy, and what works in ‘my’ life.

  • Breakout rooms are allocated to allow time to meet and discuss ideas in smaller groups

  • Participants are encouraged neither to accept nor reject ideas, but to keep an open mind to discover what might be useful. 

  • Next session 11 November
  • We will use the four principles of platonic dialogue.


Platonic dialogue

  1. Truth is the goal
  2. Be willing to be refuted
  3. Listen with full attention; give space to the other person, don’t monopolize the stage – everyone’s voice is important
  4. Ask questions

Peter Whitfield

Peter Whitfield has been teaching the introductory courses in Philosophy for over 30 years. His love of great stories and belief in an eternal wisdom that provides practical help to live life fully, truly and happily has helped thousands of students.

The Introductory Philosophy course has transformed so many lives and the Philosophy Café  is an opportunity for anyone, current students, past students, family or friends to come along and be inspired. 

With Peter’s facilitation, the Friday night Philosophy café promises to be a new, flourishing event. Come along, be a participant and Find Yourself, in good company.

11 November: Sticks and stones may break your bones, but words…

Stephen Silver, the principal of the School of Philosophy and Economics will join us to discuss the names that we call others and ourselves. These can say much about the perceptions we hold about them, about ourselves and about our relationships. We will look at and discuss the significance of names, labels and titles. Should be lots of fun!

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