Skye & Massimo's Philosophy Cafe: The Puzzle of Patriotism

Monday, October 1, 2018 -
6:00pm to 8:00pm
Elliott Library, Room 507
$5 Nonmembers

The Café is run by philosophers Skye Cleary ( and Massimo Pigliucci ( It is based on the principle of the Socratic dialogue. Every meeting has a simple theme (e.g., should we be afraid of death? What's the ethics of eating?), which is introduced by Skye and Massimo on the basis of short, accessible, suggested (but not mandatory!) readings. The rest of the meeting then features an open discussion among participants, facilitated by Skye and Massimo, aiming at sharpening our thinking about whatever subject matter is being examined.

Topic: The Puzzle of Patriotism

What does it mean to be a patriot? There is a lot of talk, these days, about patriotism, but people seem to be profoundly confused about what it is and what it isn't. Come to discuss the social and political implications of being (or not being) a "patriot."

Background reading:

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Meeting dates subject to change.