The Socrates Cafe – A Bi-Weekly Philosophical Discussion

Submitted by Steven M. Bayne on February 12, 2010

The first Socrates Café of the semester was held on Tuesday, February 2, 2010. The topic was “The Morality of Lying or the Lies You Told Your Parents Over Christmas Break.” The discussion was attended by about 15 students and 3 Philosophy Department faculty members.

The Socrates Café meets every other Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. The main idea behind the group is to provide a time and place that people can regularly get together for philosophical discussions. The Socrates Café is open to all students and faculty at Fairfield University. Each session focuses on a single topic chosen by the group at the end of the previous meeting. In addition to great conversation, each of the discussions features pizza from Mike’s at the Levy, beverages, fruit, and homemade cookies.

The Socrates Café has been serving up great discussions since Spring 2007. It is jointly sponsored by Phi Sigma Tau (the International Philosophy Honor Society) and the Department of Philosophy. Matthew Brennan is the current president of Fairfield’s chapter of Phi Sigma Tau. Steven M. Bayne and Ryan Drake are the faculty co-hosts of the Socrates Café.

The next Socrates Café will be on Tuesday, February 16th at 7 p.m. in DMH 330. The topic is: “Privacy: It’s None of Your Damn Business!”

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