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Socrates Café are gatherings around the world where people from different backgrounds get together and exchange thoughtful ideas and experiences while embracing the Socratic Method. The groups model their discussions from the book of the same name by Christopher Phillips.Today, there are over 400 ongoing gatherings around the globe coordinated by hundreds of volunteers who share the common goal of making a more inclusive world.

Christopher Phillips founded the non-profit organization Society for Philosophical Inquiry to further the deeds behind the Socrates Café movement, and to organize and assist people to start their own Socrates Café.


The idea behind the Socrates Café is that we learn more when we question and question with others. It all started a decade ago when Christopher Phillips, then a freelance writer, asked himself what he could do that would in some modest way further the deeds of those noble souls who had come before him and, as William James put it, “suffered and laid down their lives” to better the lot of humankind? The epiphany and also the answer for him was to be a philosopher in the mold of Socrates, and to hold Socratic dialogues with anyone and everyone who’d like to engage in a common quest to gain a better understanding of human nature - who shared with him the aspiration of becoming more empathetic people and more objectively...
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