Gordon Forum for the Arts


Spring 2012

The Philosophy Cafe


Controversial Conversations at the Philosophy Cafe

The Philosophy Cafe

What's a Philosophy Cafe?

It's a chance to sit with a glass of wine or cup of coffee in hand and have a discussion with other people about the things that affect the society we live in — medicine, censorship, surveillance, archaeology, education — and to question things we've taken for granted.

Where is it?

It happens in different towns and villages across Aberdeenshire, in cafes, libraries and community centres so that no one has to travel too far or worry about parking in the city. It happens on the third Thursday of the month, usually in the evening but sometimes in an afternoon and only costs £3 a session (£2 for concessions) because it's a registered charity.

Who goes to it?

People come on their own or with a friend. We welcome anyone who's interested in keeping their mind active, meeting other people, sharing opinions, or learning something new. You'll meet students, retired men and women, people who've just finished work, senior school pupils, teachers, folk who've been at home all day or those who are interested in taking up part-time or distance learning study courses — everyone's welcome.

The Philosophy Cafe

How much do I need to know about the subject?

No prior knowledge is required and it can be a good chance to find out about something. Most folk already have opinions on the things that affect our everyday lives but there's always a lead speaker from Aberdeen University to give some initial background information, answer questions and help people to focus on certain things in their own small group discussions. You only speak as much as you want to — no pressure, but you may be surprised how much you want to say!

When is the next Philosophy Cafe?

The next events will be in Aboyne Library on 19 April 2012 at 7pm followed by an event at Meldrum Library on 17 May at 7pm, then at Banchory Library on 21 June. We hope to see you there.

How can I find out more?

Send an email to philosophy.cafe@yahoo.co.uk and we can add your email address to our database or log on to our website to see the programme of future events.

Rhona Robertson

Gordon Forum for the Arts

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