Skye & Massimo's Philosophy Cafe: What is the Nature of Philosophical Inquiry?

Monday, September 24, 2018 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
$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.

Topic: What is the nature of philosophical inquiry?

What is philosophy all about anyway? How do philosophers do their work? Can anyone be a philosopher? Has philosophy changed significantly over the past two and a half millennia? Does philosophy make progress? Come discuss these and other questions about what it means to do philosophy. You will find a whopping 28 posts and a number of videos on this topic here:

But if you are short on time, we suggest you take a look at these four:

For more information, visit the Cafe's Meetup page:

Meeting dates subject to change.