Philosophy Café

Held online via Zoom. Facilitated by Peter Whitfield

Every Friday at 7pm London time from 19 May 2023 to 07 July (except on 02 June). Register to take part. 

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 09 June
  • 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.

09 June Our greatest gift: Svadharma?

This week, the School of Philosophy posted a thought-provoking YouTube clip featuring Mr. Donald Lambie, the head of the School and senior tutor. In his engaging 30-minute talk, Mr. Lambie delves into the depths of Svadharma, uncovering it’s essence of our true gift. You can watch the talk here: 

Is he right? Do you agree with his perspective? What is your greatest gift? These questions will be at the heart of our discussion at the café this week. Join us as we seek to discover and reflect on the nature of our greatest gift.


SPECIAL NOTICE: Philosophy Café on June 16th at Mandeville Place! 

We are thrilled to announce our first-ever hybrid Philosophy Café, offering both an in-person gathering and an online streaming option.

Join us for this extraordinary event where you can choose to attend in person at Mandeville Place or join us virtually. It’s your chance to meet other philosophers in person.

All are welcome to join us, so don't miss out on this special occasion!

Be part of this ground-breaking Philosophy Café on June 16th and embrace the good company. We can't wait to see you there, either in person or online!