Philosophy Café

The Philosophy Café is an open exchange of philosophical ideas led by a University of Regina Philosophy Professor or a Graduate Student that runs each Fall and Winter semester. Talks are held monthly and The Philosophy Café is free and open to the general public and all are welcome to attend.

The Philosophy Café for the 2019-2020 term will be held a the Artesian, 2627 13th Avenue, and will start at 7:30PM.

Titles will be added once known. Dates are as follows:

Monday, October 7, 2019
"Philosophy and the Good Life" by Dr. Dustin Olson, Sessional Instructor in Philosophy, U of R
Contemporary academic philosophy, highly esoteric, at times eccentric, appears to have little bearin on practical life. As an intellectual endeavour, it can easly come across as quixotic, inert, or even obsolete. What, then, is the point of philosophy? An historical response, now out of fashion, is that philosophy can reveal the means for living a good life. In the spirit of this response, I want to distinguish doing academic philosophy from being philosophically minded. Being philosophically minded begins with forming philosophical attitude, characterized by rational incredulity, intellectual honest, the desire to know, and the courage to follow the evidence. When exercised, these intellectual virtues can bring into harmony seemingly disparate features of the human experience such as instinct, intellect, and spirit. Such harmony serves as an emollient to the human condition and encourages human flourishing in general. If we aspire to living good lives both collectively and as individuals, becoming philosophically minded should be our leading pursuit.

Monday, November 25th - Presenter: Eldon Soifer
Monday, March 2nd - Presenter: Ryan Doran
Monday, April 6th - Presenter: Roger Petry