Held on the third Tuesday every month, Philosophy Café is a space for sharing and exploring ideas, which affirms that we are all philosophers, even if we don’t quite know it yet.It aims to exploit the enthusiasm of academic philosophers and social scientists for their subject to create stimulating debates in which anyone can participate.
Topics up for discussion will range from the ethics of global warming to the nature of democracy and freedom, and from corporate social responsibility to the rights and wrongs of new technologies such as genetic engineering and nanotechnology.
In this month’s Cafe, we examine Cardiff – capital of Wales, seat of the Welsh Assembly – through the lens of its economic and political history. How did Cardiff become Cardiff? In this Cafe, Robert Croydon invites us to consider this question and reflects on the role of political and economic power, and especially patronage, in shaping the city in the relatively short span of time since its meteoric rise from a village by the Taff to a wealthy port city. What sort of bargains are involved in patronage? Is it compatible with democracy? When does patronage become paternalism and patronisation? Where is power concentrated now and what are the implications for Cardiff’s future?
We begin at 8.00pm next Tuesday evening, 21 October, in the Cafe Bar at the Gate as usual.
The Philosphy Cafe is free, although donations are welcomed.
8.00pm – 10.00 pm The Gate, Keppoch Street, Cardiff