Philosopher Cafe

Oct 28th 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm


The Gift and Limits of Liberalism

Saturday, 14 October, 1 – 3:30pm

Private Schools, Diversity: Does it Still Matter?

Fred Burghardt, Teacher and Consultant, Association of Private and Independent Schools of Alberta

Saturday, 28 October, 1 – 3:30 pm

Fundamentalisms -- Religious and Secular -- and, the New Pluralism, David J. Goa, Founding Director, Chester Ronning Centre for the Study of Religion and Public Life, University of Alberta

Saturday, 25 November, 1 – 3:30 pm

Why South Africa Developed a Charter of Religious Freedom, Steven Martin, Professor of Theology, The King’s University

Saturday, 9 December, 1 – 3:30 pm


 The Philosopher Cafes provide an opportunity for the public to learn, think and discuss a variety of contemporary issues. We seek to clarify the philosophical underpinnings that inform the various perspectives many hold on these issues. Can we deepen our understanding of our own and other perspectives? Does sustained and compelling conversation enlarge our capacity for a public discourse worthy of the name? We think so. A fall and winter series is shaped around a theme of interest. Each session is anchored by an animateur who opens up various avenues of thinking about the theme and speaks to their own position. The amimateur usually speaks for twenty to thirty minutes. Those in attendance are invited to join in a common conversation with ample opportunity to think together. Rather than a Q/A lead by experts this is an opportunity for thoughtful conversation.

Past discussions: Saturday, 30 September, Transcendence in a Secular Age, Martin Tweedale, Emeritus Professor of Philosophy, University of Alberta