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Socrates Café

The Hernando County Public Library System announces the formation of two Socrates Cafés, one to meet the second Thursday at Spring Hill Branch Library from 5 pm to 7 pm; the other, the third Thursday at the West Hernando Branch, also from 5 pm to 7 pm.

What is the Socrates Café? Simply a group of people getting together for a couple of hours and, with the help of a facilitator, applying the Socratic method to some question that troubles them.

A Socrates Café is nontechnical, and though it may become erudite, it welcomes folks who've never read a word of philosophy in their lives.  What is important is that you come to the meetings with questions and a willingness to search for answers wherever they may be.  When in doubt, just ask yourself: "What would Socrates do?" Remember, Socrates presented himself as a perplexed inquirer who knew only that he knew nothing; by example, he showed that the proper business of the philosopher-and, by extension, a Socrates Café facilitator is to help us see that we don't know nearly as much as we think we know, yet more than we suspect.

Do Socrates Café participants ever arrive at an answer to their questions? Sometimes, but it's not about coming up with answers but finding a way to ask the questions. 

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