Photo of the London Philosophy Club by Greg Funnell

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.

Photo of Boston Skeptics in the Pub, by Rebecca Watson

Useful websites: 

Socrates Cafes

Map of Cafe Philos around the world.

The Royal Institute of Philosophy (UK)

Skeptics in the Pub (UK)

Drinking Skeptically (US)

Philosophy Forums

Philosophy Now magazine 

Filosofie magazine (Netherlands)

Philosophie magazine (France)

The Philosopher’s Magazine

Aeon Magazine

Philosophy Bites podcast

The History of Philosophy Without Any Gaps podcast

Leiter Reports philosophy blog

Crooked Timber blog

The School of Life blog and website (UK)

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: