Philosophy Cafe

Let’s ‘do’ philosophy

On the fourth Sunday of each month, 2.00 – 3.30pm

Join us for a friendly discussion about the fundamental ideas that inform the ways we look at the world. The Philosophy Café at The Letter Lounge is a monthly opportunity to ‘do’ philosophy. We get together over afternoon tea to examine our basic beliefs and challenge the thinking that underpins our everyday decisions. We ask questions about the concepts that guide our lives and think about the logical links between our thoughts. Our goal is to inspire each other to develop an interest in philosophy.

This is a friendly group that meets in a spirit of tolerance and openness. Everyone is welcome – if they come with a questioning, thoughtful approach to discussion. We invite you to think, question and build arguments.

The Philosophy Café is an informal, non-technical group that encourages philosophical debate and provides a forum for the active exchange of ideas. It’s coordinated by Peter Ellerton (Critical Thinking Project, Uni of Qld), Chris Poulsen (Philosophy & Reasoning, Kelvin Grove State College) and Judy Gregory (Northside Meetings). The conversation is suitable for anyone over the age of 12.

Each meeting involves a 10 minute overview of our purpose and processes, a 20-minute presentation on the advertised topic and a 60-minute facilitated discussion. Your registration includes a tea/coffee/soft drink and afternoon tea.

Tickets are $17.00 if purchased in advance, or $25.00 at the door. Register and pay via MeetUp, in person at the cafe, or by phone (07) 3368 1088.

The next Philosophy cafe is on 22 October from 2.00 – 3.30pm. The topic is:Free will and decision making: Who’s in charge? Our facilitator will be Peter Ellerton, Director of the University of Queensland’s Critical Thinking Project.

To register for this session, visit Meetup, or contact us on (07) 3368 1088. Tickets are $17.00 if purchased in advance.

Current schedule (topics subject to change)

We welcome suggestions for topics and facilitators. If you’re interested in contributing to the group, please contact Judy Gregory via email at

Date Topic Facilitator Link to summary
23 July What is philosophy? The nature of philosophical discussion Peter Ellerton Summary of 23 July 2017
27 August How do we know what we know? The philosophy of knowledge Peter Ellerton  Peter Ellerton’s article for The Conversation: ‘How do you know that what you know is true?’:

Summary of 26 August 2017

24 September How do we know we’re right? The nature of proof Dave Kinkead  Summary of 24 September 2017
22 October How do we draw conclusions? TBC
26 November How do we reason? TBC
17 December Why do we give gifts? TBC



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Saturday & Sunday: 8.00am - 2.00pm
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