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Last Night’s Cafe: Sexism, Racism and Existentialism

Are sexist, racist, homophobic or other forms of widespread prejudice always a matter of conscious beliefs? In the UK, ever since the trial of the men suspected of killing Stephen Lawrence, the idea of ‘institutional racism’ has been part of public discourse. The idea that racism – the systematic disadvantaging of people based on the [...]


Next Cafe: Sexism, Racism and Existentialism

Experiments show that someone’s behaviour can manifest racist or sexist attitudes that they don’t agree with. This is a hot topic right now. How does it happen? What can be done about it? We will consider the contributions that two existentialist philosophers, Simone de Beauvoir and Frantz Fanon, can make to understanding this ‘implicit bias’. [...]


Last Night’s Cafe: Heidegger vs The Mobile

What is your relationship with your mobile/smartphone like? “If I don’t have my mobile with me, I feel as though I have lost something. I’m not OK. There’s something missing. I turn off the ring tone when I take the bus, or when I’m in the mosque. But I never turn the mobile off.” (Afghan [...]


Next Cafe: Heidegger vs the Mobile

What sort of relationship do you have with your smartphone? The mobile revolution promises a future in which global communication is possible for all, affirming ideals of individual freedom. But what does technologically-mediated communication really mean for human relationships? Does it inevitably dehumanise us, or open up new possibilities for human interaction? In this Cafe, [...]


Next Cafe: How to be an Existentialist

The next Cardiff Philosophy Cafe will be on Tuesday 17 April, and entitled How to Be an Existentialist, centring on the book of the same name (Continuum 2009) by our presenter for this month, Gary Cox, which has now been recently published in paperback. Leading an attack on contemporary “excuse culture”, the presentation, like the book, will challenge [...]


Evil, Nothingness and Value

Do we need to believe in the reality of evil to be moral? Dr Peter Sedgewick from St Michael’s College, Cardiff offered some provocative thoughts on this subject at last night’s Cafe, presenting an atheist’s position (drawing on Albert Camus‘ The Plague) and some ideas from a theist’s point of view by way of contrast. [...]

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