Is our society in decline?
It’s easy to argue that society is getting better for other people and worse for ourselves, but any sort of correction seems to entail a fundamental redistribution of society’s benefits and disadvantages, possibly harming some to improve the lives of others. Is a just society for all possible? Is it desirable? How might we work towards a just society?
Co-sponsored by the Vancouver Public Library.
A philosopher and fully paid-up member of the precariat, Alan has taught ethics, critical thinking, existentialism and all sorts of philosophy to undergraduate students for 12 years. He’s driven a school bus around Southern Ontario and operated as a small business creating text. Before converting to philosophy, he was a regular member of society working as an IT manager on the fringes of Bay Street. In 2016, he moved to Vancouver for the climate. Alan thinks that philosophy is above all a practical concern: it should help you to lead a good life no matter what your personal circumstances. It can do this through reasoned and respectful discussion of perhaps uncomfortable ideas and issues that confront us every day—through Philosophers' Cafés, in fact! In making ourselves a little better, we make the world a little better too.
About the Philosophers' Café
Philosophers’ Café is a series of informal public discussions in libraries, cafés and restaurants throughout Metro Vancouver. The cafés, which are open to everyone, have brought dialogue and discussion to thousands of people who are interested in exploring issues from the absurd to the sublime. To learn more about the Philosophers’ Café, please visit their website.