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Who can I become? How can I live? What is justice? Is excellence still possible? Remarkably, these questions are as critical now as they were when Socrates posed them thousands of years ago in ancient Athens. They speak to the choices we face every day in a world where a personal sense of meaning can be elusive, and patriotism is defined as blind submission. More importantly, according to Christopher Phillips, asking the questions and having dialogues with our neighbors brings us closer to one another, and allows us to create our lives and our society based on the values we care about, rather than the momentum imposed on us by presidential decree. In fact, he believes "the habits of discourse that we cultivate will determine and inform the type of society that we're ultimately heading towards." In 2001 Phillips released the book Socrates' CafÈ and started a movement that shares its title, spawning gatherings where, like the sages of old, modern-day thinkers - citizens like you and me - gather in dialogue to make sense of the choices we make as individuals and as a society. Now, he shares the insights he's gleaned from participating in such gatherings all across the continent, and reminds us of the critical role they play in the evolution of our democracy. (hosted by Michael Toms)
Christopher Phillips, Ph.D. is the founder and director of the nonprofit Society for Philosophical Inquiry.
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To learn more about the work of Chris Phillips go to www.christopherphillips.com.
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