Socrates Cafe by Christopher Phillips
A Fresh Taste of Philosophy

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"A bracing, rollicking read about the spark that ignites when people start asking meaningful questions."—O Magazine


Christopher Phillips is a man on a mission: to revive the love of questions that Socrates inspired long ago in ancient Athens. "Like a Johnny Appleseed with a master's degree, Phillips has gallivanted back and forth across America, to cafés and coffee shops, senior centers, assisted-living complexes, prisons, libraries, day-care centers, elementary and high schools, and churches, forming lasting communities of inquiry" (Utne Reader). Phillips not only presents the fundamentals of philosophical thought in this "charming, Philosophy for Dummies-type guide" (USA Today); he also recalls what led him to start his itinerant program and re-creates some of the most invigorating sessions, which come to reveal sometimes surprising, often profound reflections on the meaning of love, friendship, work, growing old, and others among Life's Big Questions. "How to Start Your Own Socrates Café" guide included.
 

About Christopher Phillips

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Christopher Phillips is an educator, author, and pro-democracy activist. Visit him on the Web at www.christopherphillips.com.
 
Published October 18, 2010 by W. W. Norton & Company. 246 pages
Genres: Law & Philosophy, History. Non-fiction

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Phillips tells of leading a Socrates Café at Mad Magda’s Russian Tea Room in San Francisco, where more than 50 people gathered to discuss “Why question?” You can even have a Socrates Café of one—a “tête-à-tête with only one tête,” as Phillips delightfully puts it—any time you ask yourself a quest...

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In an entertaining blend of memoir and philosophical reflection, a former journalist describes his adventures bringing philosophy to the masses through his Socrates Caf . Phillips travels the country

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In his first book, Socrates Café , Phillips charmingly recounted how he roamed the country starting philosophical discussion groups inspired by the Socratic method of questioning.

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Phillips's own philosophical weakness is in romanticizing questioning as nearly an end in itself, claiming to run a ""church service for heretics,"" even though his belief that ""all so-called truths...

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