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A Special Philosophers' Café

The SFU Philosophers' Café invites people of all ages to an open and inclusive discussion about truth in the modern age.

Lies and mistruths have always been used to sway people’s beliefs, and people have always created false personas. Plato wrestled with how to tell appearance from reality, and suggested that those in “the cave” might choose shadows and reflections over being truly enlightened. Are current times different and, if so, why and how? For example, does the Internet make it easier to create and disseminate persuasive lies? Are snark and falsehood now rewarded with more attention and money than ever before? Or is there nothing new under the sun?

And—the big questions—how important is all this? Is truth essential? Why? And what truth? Can we live with lies? Should we insist on truth in some arenas but accept that anything goes in others? If disinformation is a serious problem, then how do we recognize it and how do we teach this skill?

This event is presented by SFU Public Square, SFU Philosophers' Café and SFU Liberal Arts & 55+ Program. This discussion is free but registration is required.

About Philosophers' Café

Since 1998, Philosophers' Café has engaged philosophers and non-philosophers together in the passionate exchange of ideas. The Liberal Arts and 55+ Program has been offering university-level non-credit courses to older adult learners since the 1970s.

Registration Disclaimer

As this event is free, and free events routinely have a high number of no-shows, it is our policy to overbook. In case of a full event, registration may not guarantee entry. Seating is limited and will be available to registered attendees on a first-come, first-served basis. 15 minutes before the start of the event, unfilled seats will be offered to those on the wait list.


Wed, April 10, 2019 | 11 - 12:30 PM

10:30 AM - Doors open
11:00 AM - Conversation


SFU's Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue
580 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, B.C.

We respectfully acknowledge that this event takes place on the Unceded, Traditional, Ancestral Territories of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh, səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ, and xʷməθkʷəy̓əm First Nations.

Venue Accessibility

Venue Information

The SFU Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue is located at 580 W. Hastings St (enter via Seymour Street courtyard entrance), and is located a brief walk from Waterfront station and numerous bus stops. Bike stalls are available outside the Hastings entrance of SFU Harbour Centre (located across the street).


Nearby parking is available at 500 & 400 W. Cordova St.

Wheelchair Seating

All floors within the building, including the venue and washrooms, are wheelchair accessible and serviced by elevators.

Washroom Accessibility

Washrooms are located on the lower level, second, third, and fourth floors.


The venue has a gender-neutral washroom, available on the second floor in the east hallway.

If you have any questions, concerns, or comments regarding this event’s accessibility, feel free to connect with us at or 778-782-5959.

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