Posted by: Andrea Alexander | April 25, 2012

Coffee, Thought and Conversation at the Philosophy Café

The Philosophy Cafe at Rutgers Day 2010

Ponder life’s important questions with some of the university’s great thinkers at the Philosophy Café at Rutgers Day.

Faculty and students from the university’s top ranked Philosophy department will pour coffee, tea and lemonade under a tent on the Voorhees Mall – modeled after the sidewalk cafes of Paris that attract artists, historians and writers.

Chat with faculty about what Rutgers students do with their Philosophy degrees – from attending medical school or law school to pursuing careers in public service.

Also find out what a modern day philosopher does.

“People have a view that all philosophers are old, boring, stodgy people and that isn’t us,’’ said Professor Peter Klein. “The goal is to get people to see and understand what philosophers do.’’

He said philosophers examine a list of questions about knowledge, consciousness and the source of moral responsibility toward each other.

At Rutgers Day, “we try to invite the public into those conversations with us,’’ Klein said.

If you need some time to think about the answers, sit down for a game of chess at the Philosophy Cafe, or watch your children play the bean bag toss and see which targets they choose: truth, knowledge or belief.

Absinthe and French wines served in the cafes of Paris won’t be on the menu, but there will still be plenty of beverages to inspire thought.

“It is true that ‘in wine, truth,’’’ Klein said. “But also in coffee, truth.’’


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