Cafe Philo in Shekou

Cafe Philo in ShekouThe first ever Cafe Philo in mainland China is being held at The BackStube, Rose Garden 2, Shekou. Doors open 13:30. Debating starts at 14:00 until 16:00. Don’t be late or you may not get in. The entrance fee is 50 rmb and includes a buffet from our excellent Tyrolean Baker. Check out the website. It is time to engage your brain on a Sunday afternoon. Discussion is moderated by Alan Brown co-founder of York Cafe Philo in England.

Cafe Philo, Shenzhen

Date: Sunday, September 23rd

Time: 2pm – 4pm (doors open at 1:30pm – get there early as seats are limited!)

Venue: Backstube German Bakery and Cafe (http://backstube.hk/)

Address: Shop 24-2, Rose Garden 2 - Shekou, Shenzhen

Forums for friendly, intelligent discussion

Café philos (also known as ‘Philosophy cafés’) have sprung up throughout the world over the past few years.  They originated in their current form in Paris, France, in 1992. The philosopher Mr. Marc Sautet and several friends gathered to discuss various issues of the day at the now famous “café des Phares” at the Place de la Bastille. Since then, every Sunday morning people would gather to discuss various topics ranging from the classical to the absurd (Is hope a violent thing? Is there value in the Santa Claus myth? What is a fact?). Similar cafés popped up in other locations, first in Paris and then throughout France, where there are now about 100 active café philos. They have gained popularity internationally, with more than 50 active cafe philos in the USA, England, South America, Germany, Belgium, China, Japan and more.

What is a café philo?

A café philo is an organised debate in a public place, governed by respect. It aims at establishing a philosophical exchange that democratically distributes the right to speak amongst the participants. It strives to induce “philosophic moments”, to pass from simple opinion to thought, to communally analyse concepts, to decode various meanings in the form of a collective exploration of a particular subject. It is intended to be intelligent conversation, but not academic or esoteric.


The basic goal is to make philosophy accessible to all, to create a forum for meaningful dialogue. Café philos try to revive the spirit of the Socratic period in Athens, when philosophers and the general public would gather to engage in dialogue in the “agora” or “forum”.

Doors open at 13;30 PLEASE be early so that the debate is not interrupted by late arrivals.


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