Dallas Philosopher’s Forum (DPF) Statement Regarding COVID-19 & Lecture Cancellations
COVID-19 is spreading
rapidly in the United States, and behavioral risk mitigation strategies
are the best option for slowing the spread of this disease. The board of
the Dallas Philosopher’s Forum (DPF) has been
monitoring this fluid situation as it evolves. While Texas is not
currently a state with a major outbreak of COVID-19, we want to be
considerate to the safety and health of our speakers and attendees and
to the lives that they interact with regularly. Due
to these concerns, the DPF board of directors have decided to suspend
the remaining lectures of the Spring, 2020 calendar. We are in the
process of reaching out to the upcoming speakers to reschedule in the
Our board will be monitoring this situation closely and will be providing updates as needed on our web site at
These are proactive measures we are taking to help reduce the spread of
COVID-19 and other illnesses. Stay safe, calm and healthy, and feel
free to contact us with any questions.
Dallas Philosophers Forum meets every 2nd and 4th Tuesday from
September through May, excepting the 4th Tuesday in December (to
accommodate Christmas celebrations, etc.) and the 4th Tuesday in May
(to accommodate summer plans). Until further notice, we'll be
meeting at Aboca's Restaurant on the SW corner of Belt Line Road
and Central Expressway in Richardson, Texas. We regret to say
that our previous location at
Skillman/Audelia closed down. We really liked that place.
We were there for ten years, since January of 2009. Cost is
lecture to cover basic costs. Join us for a stimulating evening
of intellectual challenge and discussion.
lectures begin promptly at 7:30pm. You can arrive as early
as 6:00pm to enjoy Aboca's great Italian food and have some stimulating conversation with
fellow philosophs before the lecture.
Check out the Dallas Philosopher's Forum Meetup site: http://www.meetup.com/Dallas-Philosophers-Forum
Check out our new Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/DallasPhilosopherForum/
See Lecture Schedule for Spring 2020 Philosophy Lecture Series.
The Spring 2020 lecture schedule is now posted.
The Dallas Philosophers' Forum's Spring 2020 philosophy lecture
series will take place in the meeting room of Aboca's Italian
Grill, located at 100 South Central Expressway, Suite 63,
Richardson, Texas 75080.
Please see the location page for more information.
Please check the current lecture schedule for details about the current lecture series. Sign up for the e-mail list so you'll be notified in advance of upcoming lectures.
Come on out and participate in the intellectual life of the DFW area.
Philosophy Lecture Series Archives Page
Please take at look at the Forum's archive material page. Text and audiocast recordings of lecture-related material will be made available via this page.
The Dallas Philosophers Forum:
The Dallas Philosophers Forum is a lecture series and discussion group
which meets in the Dallas, Texas metroplex. The Dallas Philosophers
Forum is dedicated to bringing philosophy, ideas, and intellectual
discussion to an interested and educated audience in the DFW area.
The philosophy talks are
designed to be engaging and non-technical and thus they are enjoyable
by the layperson or academician alike: Philosophy made user friendly.
In addition to the regular philosophy lecture meetings, the Dallas
Philosophers Forum also sponsors a Philosophy Study Group.
Dallas Philosophers Forum gatherings begin with dinner and
discussion for those who want to come an hour or so early, then a
philosophy lecture followed by half an hour of questions from the
audience. After the talks are over, everyone is encouraged to hang
around and discuss the philosophical problems of the evening until the
Whether you are a professional,
student, retiree, professor, or simply enjoy intellectual discussion
then the Dallas Philosophers Forum has something for you.
Come see why the Forum has become a D/FW institution.
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Philosophy and the Dallas Philosopher's Forum?
What is philosophy?
Philosophy literally is the love of
knowledge. Traditionally it included all of what we now call science, ethics,
politics, esthetics, psychology and sociology. Philosophy of course includes
metaphysics, or the investigation into the basic reality of all things. This
comprises ontology, which is the consideration of the nature of the universe;
teleology which attempts to discern a purpose of existence; and epistemology
which tries to answer the question, how do we know what we know.
Philosophy enquires into the nature
of meaning and value, a good life, morality, knowledge, truth and reality. It
also deepens our understanding of the sciences, mathematics, art, literature,
history, language, the mind, religion, and more. It teaches us to examine our
own lives and what gives them meaning and purpose.
does the Dallas Philosophers Forum do?
The DPF brings scholars and thinkers
from various disciplines to share their research and insights with the public
in an open forum, allowing for discussion, questions and feedback from the
What is the appeal of this group?
The appeal of the DPF is the variety
of intellectual endeavor that is meant to enlighten, educate, and entertain
persons who are interested in broadening their search for understanding the
cosmos and their roles in it. We have been meeting for over 45 years and enjoy
an excellent reputation in academic and social circles.
What subjects do the talks cover?
The DPF welcomes all the world of
historical philosophy, not only the “hard” sciences like physics and geology,
but also the “soft” ones of sociology, psychology, economics and history. In addition,
we enjoy talks on the aspects of traditional philosophy, including such
questions as the nature of good and evil, free will and determinism, and the
goal or purpose of life and the universe.
We avoid controversial subjects such
as politics and religion unless they are presented in a scientific, historical
or philosophical context.
How often does the DPF meet, time and
visit our website, Dallasphilosophersforum.org, for details and the schedule of
talks and speakers.
open to everyone?
We welcome anyone who is open-minded
and a seeker of knowledge and wisdom. We do not allow a platform for racism,
divisive politics, or religious bigotry. We encourage comments and questions
that are intelligent, open-minded and thought provoking. Many of our attendees
are scientists, other professionals, professors and students.
are open to anyone who is willing to help with the organization, including
audio-visual technical aid and serving on the Board of Directors.
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If only there were more [Philosopher's Forums] ...
Maybe you can start a franchise!´´
- Prof. Simon Blackburn, Professor, University of Cambridge, UK.