Philosophy Café

Held online via Zoom. Facilitated by Peter Whitfield (Fridays from 8th October 2021, 7pm GMT, 75 minutes)

Peter Whitfield

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. 

  • Topic for 26 November please see below

  • 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 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.


Topic for 26th November

This week’s topic: Stoicism

Should Harry Potter be grateful for living in the cupboard under the stairs?

This week we are fortunate to be joined by William Wray, author and founder of Wisdom Works and the successful ten week course’ Stoic Philosophy As a Way of Life.’

During the week why not consider if it was it necessary for Harry Potter’s character and development for him to have lived in the cupboard under the stairs? Could he be a hero without going through hardship? What about us? Is it good for me to go through some difficulties? …and also ‘How do Lobsters Grow?’

Here is the link to last week’s recap: The Universe is speaking to us.