What? Talks and discussions on a range of fascinating philosophical topics, seriously and rigorously in a convivial setting – meaningful conversation about interesting ideas with interested people.

Who? Open to all – anyone interested in philosophy is welcome and no prior knowledge or expertise is needed, though experts, philosophy teachers and students are very welcome.  Organisation is provided by Barrie Selwyn, our Chairman, and Phil Rowlands who is treasurer.

When and where? We have now secured advance bookings and our last Wednesday of the month meetings will be at  7.00 – 8.30pm, at the Druid's Head Pub, 3 The Market Place, Kingston-upon-Thames, KT1 1JT

In addition to the formal monthly meeting there is an informal arrangement on the second Tuesday of every month whereby any interested member may choose to visit the Druid’s Head pub in Kingston Market Place from 7.30 pm onwards. On these occasions we have a topic led by a member who has prepared a short intro. This is followed by a lively discussion amongst those present (with a small amount of beer involved). We are always looking for new topics so please suggest any of interest. These occasions are normally listed in the events calendar.  Note that there is no room booking so you need to be able to recognise the attendees.

See our Events Calendar for more details and meeting dates.  Also see our NEWS for special events, and check out courses at Richmond & Hillcroft Adult Community College (RHACC)

Upcoming events

The Ethics of Spinoza

Wednesday 31 July 2019

Tom Rubens will give a talk introducing the ethical thought of the 17th century Dutch rationalist philosopher Baruch Spinoza.

Please note that this talk will start at 19:30 rather than our usual...

The Right to Bear Knives

Tuesday 13 August 2019

Richard Sullivan will lead a discussion on offensive and defensive weapons, the right to defend yourself and just how useful knives are.

Unconcious Intention

Tuesday 10 September 2019

Stuart Devall will be giving a talk on the subject of our awaresess of our own intentions.

It might seem that we are necessarily conscious of our intentions, but, independent of Freud’s...


Kingston Philosophy Cafe is a community group managed by a committee of volunteers. We work closely with and are affiliated to Richmond and Hillcroft Adult Community College

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