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 8 July
  • 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.

8 July: Economics with guest Andrew Purves

‘How can you buy or sell the sky, the warmth of the land, the freshness of the air or the sparkle of the water?

We had one of the most enjoyable philosophy cafes on Friday night, truly a delight. We reviewed a lot of the past topics and went over many of the stories (link below) that have been told throughout the philosophy cafe.

These include Make Your Own Damn sandwiches,  You never know, The Muddy Rd, The Complaining Monk, and of course Swami Ramdass and the Mango, which caused much debate.

Using the Socratic approach we sought the Truth. 

The Truth: It may be easy to love our neighbour with a different hairstyle, so why is it difficult if they have a different opinion? The breakout practice for many showed it is possible to have a different opinion, yet still experience joy and unity.

The story may aid discovery and transformation. 

Do feel free to share this link, you never know who may be in need of help.  Mr. Putin if you're listening, you have the opportunity to end conflict, help feed the world, and widen your circle of compassion to all of humanity, which does not exclude Russia. You are welcome to join our discussion.

“Remember that very little is needed to make a happy life.”
― Marcus Aurelius


Friday night is the last of the term, and we will be joined by Andrew Purves, who has a brain the size of a planet and understands economics better than anyone I know. So if you're worried about inflation, high energy costs, interest rates… Philosophy says don’t worry!  AND I'll be questioning Andrew on how Economics with Justice might help.  

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