The rationale for and the design of the Socrates Café came from the work of Christopher Phillips an inspirational modern day philosopher. A Socrates Cafe is an intentional conversation that invites people to come together to consider questions that are both timely and timeless in nature. A Socrates Café uses the Socratic Method to open up profound and important discussions ; is an opportunity for people of all ages to work collaboratively to seek a deeper meaning into a perplexing question, a contemporary issue or a thorny problem that is both intriguing and demands our consideration. (As Chris says, “The Socratic method is a way to seek truth by your own lights. It is a system, a spirit, a type of philosophical inquiry, an intellectual technique, all rolled into one. “
Chris is a brilliant philosopher, author and teacher who has spent his life in pursuit of truth. He has spent much of his life traveling around the world leading Socrates Cafes to motivate individuals to ask question-“not about any chance question, as Socrates puts it in Plato’s Republic, “ but about the way one should live.” The model of a Socrates Café is one that can be adopted in schools and in communities around the world; it is a powerful model for honoring different perspectives , inclusion, tolerance and respect that is at the heart of civil discourse and the search for truth.
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His work is- and continues to be- an inspiration to all of us.