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.
Next Café: 17th March
The Pursuit of Happiness, with Dr Chris Groves (Social Sciences, Cardiff University).
We’ll be considering one of the oldest questions in the history of philosophy, regarding what it is that makes life worthwhile and fulfilling.
In recent years, it has become a public as well as a private question, however. Happiness is increasingly on policy agendas, as governments become concerned that their emphasis on measuring economic growth is not telling them enough about the quality of the lives of the people they govern. ‘If you treasure it, measure it’, former Cabinet Secretary, Gus O’Donnell, is reputed to have said.
But in happiness surveys, well-being indices and so on, what is being measured? And how close does this get to what makes us happy? Is happiness the point of living, anyway? Join us to discuss these and other questions.
The Philosphy Cafe is free, although donations are welcomed.
8.00pm – 10.00 pm The Gate, Keppoch Street, Cardiff