A ‘café philosophique’ is a regular gathering of people from all sorts of backgrounds in a public place, usually a bar, to have a philosophical discussion on topics inspired by current affairs.
Cafés philosophiques can trace their roots back to antiquity, where public affairs were discussed in the ‘agora’, the public space and to the hot arguments of the French ‘intellectuels’ in the 1950s, when Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir and others used to meet up at Café de Flore and Les Deux Magots on Boulevard St Germain in Paris…
Since the early 1980s numerous cafés philosophiques have appeared in cities across Europe. They take different forms, from an informal meeting in a small café to a grand banquet in a restaurant. It is getting together that is important, the sharing of views and ideas, the desire to make sense of the increasing flow of information and to find some landmarks in our own lives.
Meeting people and referring to principles and theories laid down by philosophers over thousands of years is one way to approach and make sense of the surrounding confusion.
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