SFU Philosophers' Café

Philosophers’ Café is a series of informal public discussions in  libraries, cafés and restaurants throughout Metro Vancouver. The cafés, which are open to everyone, have brought dialogue and discussion to thousands of people who are interested in exploring issues from the absurd to the sublime. Join us for lively discussions with Moderator Reema Faris!

  • Monday, June 10 
    What are the strengths and weaknesses of the idea of family as a building block of society? Can we envision a different sort of social structure? 
  • NEW DATE: Monday, July 29
    The role of utopia: can we envision a better future? 
  • Monday, September 9
    What does knowledge mean and how is it produced? Why and how does our contemporary society value different forms of knowledge?
  • Monday, October 7
    Are you a critical thinker or are you a contrarian? What's the difference between the two and how does this distinction impact political polarization in Canada?
  • Monday, November 4
    Does critical thinking play a role in your voting choices or is it all about your heart?
  • Monday, December 2
    How do the genres of autobiography and fiction cross over? What are your expectations when reading a person's life story?

Reema Faris is a Ph.D student with the Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies (GSWS) at Simon Fraser University (SFU). Her research focuses on popular culture and feminism. An MA in Graduate Liberal Studies (SFU 2015), she holds a BA in History and Classical Studies from the University of British Columbia (1983) and MBA from the University of Toronto (1990). 

No registration required. Drop in! 


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Repeats every month on September, October on the second Monday until Mon Dec 02 2019 except Mon Jul 08 2019, Mon Aug 12 2019, Mon Oct 14 2019, Mon Nov 11 2019, Mon Dec 09 2019. Also includes Mon Jul 29 2019, Mon Oct 07 2019, Mon Nov 04 2019, Mon Dec 02 2019.
Monday, June 10, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Monday, July 29, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Monday, September 9, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Monday, October 7, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Monday, November 4, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Monday, December 2, 2019 - 7:00pm to 8:30pm


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