Swansea Philosophy Cafe: Dates 2019


 The Vivian Arms, 104 Gower Road, Sketty, Swansea, SA2 9BZ



2nd Wednesday of each month (apart from March 2019)


  January 9


February 13


March - 20th (THIRD WEDNESDAY!)


April 10


May 8


June 12


July 10


August 14


September 11


October 8


November 13


December 11



Email: SwanseaPhilosophy@gmail.com


Website: http://bit.ly/SwanseaPhilosophy


Next Philosophy Café


7:30 pm Wednesday 20 MARCH 2019


The Vivian Arms, 104 Gower Road, Sketty, Swansea, SA2 9BZ





"The Philosophy of Death and Dying"




by Sharon-Rose Taylor





Are the dead still moral subjects to be respected?


And, if we do have moral obligations to treat dead persons in certain ways, what is the justification of such obligations?


If death is the end of existence then the dead seem safe from harm. So why do we take care to dispose of their remains and assets as they wished?


Why is it wrong to besmirch the reputation of a dead person? Is it wrong?


How can there be harm if there is no subject to experience the harm?


We shall consider views from a number of philosophers – Epicurus; Thomas Nagel; Joel Feinberg; George Pitcher; James Stacey Taylor. 






2019 Spectacular



To Be Arranged 




Exploring philosophy & building community together in Swansea

Hello and Welcome!

Why not come along on the second Wednesday of each month (and some other occasions too) to join with us in open discussion on a whole range of topics.


We are not "professional philosophers," just group of like-minded people searching for philosophical stimulation. No philosophical knowledge or background is expected or required, just an enquiring mind, and an interest in exploring ideas in a safe and friendly environment where all can contribute, hopefully learn something, and have fun. Respect for others and their opinions is a fundamental requirement of the group as it encourages people to put forward their views without fear of ridicule or intimidation.


The topic for discussion is decided amongst the group-members at the end of the previous session, and everyone is very welcome to bring her or his own ideas, or just to listen and maybe take some new and different viewpoints away at the end.


This group is "facilitated" to let everyone have a say if they want. Our feedback tells us that all participants are enjoying, exploring, making friends and gaining from the occasions, whether through their contributions, or as observers and listeners.

We are proud to be a "local branch" of the Royal Institute of Philosophy, which helps to fund our activities. In the past we have organised day-long "Philosophy Festivals" on "A Taste of the Continent," and "Philosophy in Swansea – Dylan [Thomas] and Ludwig [Wittgenstein]" as well as regular "pub philosophy" sessions, "reading groups," and "philosophy in film" screenings. Some of these events have been held with the kind help and support of Swansea University.

We spend the last year studying a detailed overview of "ancient philosophy," using video snippets to explore, illustrate, and enhance our understanding of the fascinating ideas arising from the Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans.

More recent topics have included: "What does it mean to be happy?" / "Does evil exist?" / "Does tolerance have any limits?" / "Is it healthy to be well-adjusted in an absurd world?" / "Is it ever ethical for a state to deny immigration to an individual?" / "The 21st Century is the least civilized period in human history so far" / "Dorian Grey's unfettered indulgence led to his dissolution and ultimate demise: this should be a warning for all of us."

The Vivian Arms is a great venue, with a really nice comfortable seating area which we are hiring for free. The bar serves a great selection of both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, and meals.

All are welcome: why not bring some friends?



Patrick (Chair)



Rydym yn archwilio athroniaeth ac yn codi cymuned gyda'n gilydd yn Abertawe

Helo 'na, a Chroeso i'n Gwefan!

Rhai ohonom ni yn y grŵp sy'n siarad Cymraeg, gan gynnwys Patrick, y Cadeirydd, a wnaeth sefyll yr arholiad i Safon Uwch yn 2017. Rydym yn cofio taw traddodiad athronyddol cryf sydd wastad wedi bodoli yn Abertawe, y dymunwn ei ddathlu. Rydym yn gobeithio ein bod ni'n gallu rhannu'n diddordeb mewn syniadau symbylol yn amlach yn y dyfodol.

Croeso cynnes i bawb: efallai'ch bod chi'n gallu dod â rhai ffrindiau?



[There are some of us in the group who speak Welsh, including Patrick, the Chair, who sat the A-Level exam in 2017. We remember that a strong philosophical tradition has always existed in Swansea, which is something we wish to celebrate. We hope we can share our interest in stimulating ideas more often in the future.]