Philosophers’ Café in Surrey

Surrey Libraries (City Centre branch) — Inclusive City Cafés

READ-Ability Lounge, 1st floor, 10350 University Dr., Surrey | 604-598-7420 | Map

Schedule will be updated in April 2020.

Surrey Libraries (Ocean Park branch)

12854 17 Ave., Surrey | 604-502-6449 | Map

  • Mon, 20 Jan 2020 11:00 AM
    Free will or free won't? Do we have a choice?
    Moderators: Daniel Sanderson
    Free will, or individual agency, is a long-contested, debated and fascinating philosophical topic. Determinism, fatalism, free will, agency, dualism and the homunculi are all relevant to this conversation. Is this all just an illusion of an allusion?

  • Mon, 10 Feb 2020 11:00 AM
    What is the nature of truth and how do we know the difference?
    Moderators: Daniel Sanderson
    How do we define the nature of truth? Is this an epistemological claim or an aesthetic arrangement? Platonic ideals and our passion for the absolute are key to asking the right questions.

  • Mon, 16 Mar 2020 11:00 AM
    Living with simplicity: Does a simpler life manifest in less stress and anxiety?
    Moderators: Daniel Sanderson
    We'll discuss Why Zebras Don't Get Ulcers, a 1994 book by endocrinologist Robert Sapolsky, which gives a solid biological explanation for the effects of anxiety and stress in everyday life.

  • Mon, 20 Apr 2020 11:00 AM
    What is art? Who decides and what are the ethics involved in defining aesthetics?
    Moderators: Daniel Sanderson
    Aesthetics is a foundational branch of philosophical thought. Perceptual? For sure, the phenomenological philosophers will be evoked in this discussion about ordered chaos, beauty, structure and the mathematics of it all.