In which we notify the general public that Socrates Cafe in central Oregon commences April 11th…
What? Where? When?:
The first Central Oregon Socrates Café will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 PM at Dudley’s Bookshop Café on Wednesday, April 11th, 2012. All subsequent Socrates Cafés will occur the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays each month. Dudley’s Bookshop Café does sell food, beer, wine, and espresso. They will be staying open after hours to host our Socrates Café discussions. We will hold the discussions upstairs. Dudley’s is on 135 NW Minnesota Avenue, downtown Bend.
You at your most philosophically curious!
Make sure you bring a question that makes the ground shake beneath your feet. If you would like assistance posing a topic into a form you like, we will help you. We choose a question from all of the collected questions by two votes. We will have a quick, preliminary vote in which we vote on the questions we feel least expert, then for the second vote we’ll have our discussion topic for the night. Your facilitator will guide you through this process.
Your pre-selected facilitator will serve us as the most active listener…an important facet of Socrates Café…while helping to guide the discussion along the Socratic method adapted by author and Socrates Café memoirist Christopher Phillips. You will receive some background knowledge on what these five principles are:
- 1. look for built-in assumptions in the question,
- 2. find embedded concepts in the question,
- 3. identify differences of kind and degree concerning the topic,
- 4. point out logical or illogical consistencies or inconsistencies, and
- 5. offer any compelling or alternative viewpoints.
Our goal is not to necessarily “answer” the question or arrive at a group consensus. We are inquirers simply asking questions to potentially understand ourselves and society better, discover frameworks of thinking we might be unaware of in our own life, or break down and build up structures of thought formulated by the group’s common experience during discussion.
You do not need to be a philosopher or have a vast education. This is a group for the sole purpose of inquiry “by the people, for the people,” and all people are welcome. Socrates Café is not wholly a debate or an argument; it is not about preaching and proselytizing.
Socrates Café is about philosophical sharing, about inspiring each participant to reason and further discover his or her unique story, and to come to a keener sense of how we can best contribute to an evolving self and society. At our Socrates Café-best, we are all storytellers who use the life of reason as the foundation for our narrative.
We look forward to meeting one and all. Bring a friend and a question that has been bothering you. If you have any questions, please write us at firstname.lastname@example.org or see our website at Portland Socrates Cafe. Thanks again for your interest. We hope to provide an engaging and friendly atmosphere for meaningful discussion. Until the second and fourth Wednesdays at Dudley’s Bookstore Café…
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