Skye & Massimo's Philosophy Cafe - Philosophy of Friendship: the Good, the Bad, and the Toxic

Monday, March 11, 2019 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Ceremonial Hall, 4th Floor
$5 Nonmembers

The Café is run by philosophers Skye Cleary ( and Massimo Pigliucci ( It is based on the principle of the Socratic dialogue. Every meeting has a simple theme (e.g., should we be afraid of death? What's the ethics of eating?), which is introduced by Skye and Massimo on the basis of short, accessible, suggested (but not mandatory!) readings. The rest of the meeting then features an open discussion among participants, facilitated by Skye and Massimo, aiming at sharpening our thinking about whatever subject matter is being examined.

Friendship is a crucial element of the good life. As Seneca said, "Nothing...refreshes and aids a sick man so much as the affection of his friends. Nothing so steals away the expectation and the fear of death." Nevertheless, being a great friend is challenging because it takes practice, courage, and time. Friendships can also be messy, rife with conflicts and tensions. And all too easily, friendships can turn sour through neglect, misunderstandings, jealousy, or too much or too little honesty. In this cafe, we will discuss the philosophy of friendship, including the nature of friendship, what being a good friend means, what an ideal friendship looks like, and the role of frenemies.

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Meeting dates subject to change.