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Skye & Massimo’s Philosophy Cafe: Insults and Toxic Speech

May 20, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

What is offensive speech? What makes speech toxic? Where should we draw the line between criticism and insults? And between free speech and censorship? Come discuss what is offensive at our next philosophy cafe.

Suggested reading at https://aeon.co/essays/what-duelling-canteach-us-about-taking-offence.

Skye & Massimo’s Philosophy Cafe is run by philosophers Skye Cleary (http://tinyurl.com/yddu38tf) and Massimo Pigliucci (http://tinyurl.com/msm6d6u) and 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.

Meeting dates subject to change. For more information, visit the Cafe’s on Meetup:

FREE for members. $5 for non-members.


May 20, 2019
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Ceremonial Hall (4th Floor)
2 W 64th St
New York, NY 10023 United States
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