Philosophers’ Café in Richmond

Richmond Public Library (Brighouse branch)

Program room, second floor, 100-7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond | 604-231-6413 | Map

Co-sponsored by the Richmond Public Library.

  • Wed, 29 Jan 2020 6:30 PM
    Enjoying the little things
    Moderator: Ben Mejilla
    Does being in a state of gratitude and feeling thankful about your life have its own rewards?

  • Wed, 26 Feb 2020 6:30 PM
    Difficult conversations — CANCELLED
    Moderator: Ben Mejilla
    It's been said that there are only two things certain in life: Death and Taxes. We all know about taxes. How can discussions about death be beneficial to the individual and society at large?

  • Wed, 25 Mar 2020 6:30 PM
    The meaning of life
    Moderator: Ben Mejilla
    We all know that life is short. From a practical and pragmatic perspective, does life make sense? If so, how, and if not, why not?

  • Wed, 29 Apr 2020 6:30 PM
    Fate or fiction
    Moderator: Ben Mejilla
    “Everything happens for a reason.” Is this truth or groundless fiction?


Russian Language Cafés at Brighouse Branch

Program room, second floor, 100-7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond | 604-231-6413 | Map

Co-sponsored by the Richmond Public Library.

These cafés are in Russian.


Richmond Public Library (Steveston branch)

4111 Moncton St., Richmond | 604-238-8080 | Map

  • Thu, 09 Jan 2020 6:30 PM
    The rise of nostalgia in a digital age—is there meaning to be found in the past?
    Moderator: Christopher Ludwig
    Today is the era of the millennial, and nostalgia reigns in popular culture. Today we buy vinyl and revisit the past and use the Internet to search for '00s and '90s archive clothes to wear. Are we now more nostalgic and can nostalgia ever help us move forward?

  • Thu, 13 Feb 2020 6:30 PM
    Is there too much Bach, Mozart and Beethoven?
    Moderator: Christopher Ludwig
    On any given day, countless music students, music schools, music ensembles and symphony orchestras are tirelessly studying, practicing, rehearsing and performing the music of composers who have been dead for over a hundred of years. At the same time, living composers and the music of the last hundred years dwell in relative obscurity and marginality. Is this a problem, and are we stagnating culturally?

  • Thu, 12 Mar 2020 6:30 PM
    What is truth?
    Moderator: Christopher Ludwig
    In our postmodern age, what does truth mean? Can truth be absolute, or is all truth relative? Or what if truth does not exist and we must navigate our lives using beliefs that others construct for us, or constructs that we assemble from within our own minds and delusions? 

  • Thu, 09 Apr 2020 6:30 PM
    Loneliness in an age of connectivity: is the rise of loneliness a problem?
    Moderator: Christopher Ludwig
    With loneliness being reported by nearly half of Americans, loneliness is an ever-growing condition of modern living.  Should loneliness be embraced, or is loneliness a health crisis that needs to be urgently addressed and discussed?