This website was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council as part of a research project called Philosophical Communities, run by Jules Evans of the Centre for the History of the Emotions at Queen Mary, University of London.
You can download a free PDF of the research report on grassroots philosophy clubs here: Philosophical Communities
And you can flick through the report here:
This page provides useful resources for people wanting to know more about philosophy groups, or who are perhaps looking to set up their own group. Feel free to get in touch if you want to write for the blog or you want us to add links or provide advice on setting up a club: jules dot evans at mac dot com
Articles on philosophy clubs
Here’s an article about philosophy clubs from the Financial Times (29/6/2012).
Here’s an article from Italy’s La Reppublica on philosophy clubs (23/7/2012)
Here’s an article from Norway’s Morgenbladet on grassroots philosophy (12/10/2012).
Here’s a piece on how to start a philosophy group, from the Huffington Post UK (14/7/2012).
Here’s a piece in the Independent (UK) about philosophy clubs (1/5/2012).
Here’s an article on Christopher Phillips and the Socrates Cafe movement (10/10/2012).
Here’s a New York Times article on Cafe Philosophiques (2/5/1998).
Here, from Philosophy Now, are some Rules for the Successful and Harmonious Operation of an Amateur Philosophy Club (1993).
Here’s an obituary of Marc Sautet, the founder of the Cafe Philo movement, from Liberation (in French, 3/3/1998).
Here’s a BBC News article on Skeptics in the Pub.
Map of Cafe Philos around the world.
Filosofie magazine (Netherlands)
Philosophie magazine (France)
Brandstof club (Netherlands)
Idler Academy (UK)
Books on grassroots / practical philosophy
Theodore Zeldin, An Intimate History of Humanity
Pierre Hadot, Philosophy as a Way of Life
Roman Krznaric, The Wonderbox: Curious Histories of How To Live
Alain de Botton, The Consolations of Philosophy
Michael Sandel, Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do?
Martha Nussbaum, The Therapy of Desire
Bertrand Russell, The Conquest of Happiness
Donald Robertson, The Philosophy of CBT
Jules Evans, Philosophy for Life and Other Dangerous Situations
Here is a playlist of videos by some community philosophy organisers, including people from Philosophy Now, Philosophy For All, Skeptics in the Pub, Mamas Dasein, Psychology in the Pub and other groups.
Here is a video of Jon Ronson talking at Skeptics in the Pub in Manchester:
Here is a video of French philosopher Dany-Robert Dufour talking at Cafe Philo in Paris:
Here is a TED talk by philosopher Michael Sandel on the lost art of democratic debate: