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About The Philosophy Cafe, Aberdeenshire

What is Cafe Philosophique, Aberdeenshire?

It's a self financing charitable organisation which works in partnership with Aberdeen University and Aberdeenshire Libraries and is supported by Foundation Scotland. It offers an opportunity to reflect on contemporary society's unsolved problems and unanswered questions in the company of distinguished lecturers.

The original Cafe Philosophique was a forum for philosophical discussion founded in Paris in 1992 by Marc Sautet who wanted to return the basic principles of reasoning and critical thinking to the general public. He thought that a cafe offered an ideal place to bring the general public together in a friendly forum where they could discuss ideas and carry on philosophical conversations in a relaxed way while drinking coffee.

The concept of philosophy cafes has grown world wide and is now to be found in many European countries as well as the United States, Canada and Australia. They provide a space, away from outside influences, for people to gather together to develop their thinking skills and to start questioning various aspects of life in groups as well as individually.

What happens at an Event

These events, organised by the Philosophy Cafe in Aberdeenshire, are designed to bring people together in a venue in their own local area, to share their thoughts, openly explore and discuss ideas and encourage philosophical debate and critical thinking about society's challenges in a relaxed and convivial atmosphere. They are open to anyone interested in continuing learning or stimulating discussion. No prior knowledge or expertise is required.