Cafe Conversations: Democracy and Dialogue in Public Spaces

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Michael Picard
Douglas College
The growth and spread of public participatory philosophy, or cafe philosophy, indicates an appetite amongst the public to be part of stimulating intellectual conversations with neighbors. It is time to take stock of the phenomenon, to review where we've been, account for what we are doing, and look toward where we are going. How do practices differ, not only from each other, but from their first appearance? What norms govern these conversations, either generally or locally, that constitute them as philosophy, or even reasoning? What role do or could they theoretically play in the collective deliberation required by democracy?
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