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Get Philosophical at Socrates Café Rockville

UUCR sponsors Socrates Café Rockville on the 4th Saturday of each month, 7:00 to 9:00 pm, in Fellowship Hall (in Building 1), or as directed.

Have you ever wanted a time and a place to have a meaningful discussion about important issues? Have you ever asked yourself questions like these, and wanted to explore them with others:

  • What is happiness? How does one pursue it?
  • What is the biggest problem in the world, and how would you fix it?
  • What obligation do we have to help the needy of the world?
  • When is war justified?

So much public discussion is shrill and adversarial that it’s hard to find a way to discuss respectfully and reasonably, with a goal of learning, not “winning” the discussion.

What is Socrates Café?

The brainchild of philosopher Christopher Phillips, Socrates Café is a philosophic discussion in small to mid-sized groups (up to about 10 people), conducted loosely in the style of Plato's Socratic dialogues. That means that questions are often used to prompt participants to clarify their statements or to consider logical problems with their line of thinking. Often there are many more questions than answers, but the discussions tend to be far-reaching and very stimulating. Participants themselves generate the questions to be discussed each time. They can expect to leave with a better idea of what they think and what others think on questions of significant moral or ethical import.

Socrates Café Rockville is open to all interested persons, UUCR members and others. We have a coffeehouse-style atmosphere, with coffees, teas and light refreshments available. There is no cost to attend, and no sign-up is required. Just come and explore ideas! For further information, contact ksandin -at- verizon.net. Click for directions to UUCR.

When is Socrates Café Rockville?

We meet on the fourth Saturday evening of each month (except where noted), 7—9 PM.

Upcoming Meetings
September 28, 2013
October 19, 2013
November 23, 2013
December 28, 2013
January 25, 2014
February 22, 2014
March 22, 2014
April 26, 2014
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