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, including Professor Simon Blackburn's upcoming lecture 'Is Post-Truth Fake News?' at RHACC, and check out courses at Richmond & Hillcroft Adult Community College (RHACC)

Upcoming events

Is Post-Truth Fake News?

Wednesday 21 November 2018


a Public Lecture given by

Professor Simon Blackburn, University of Cambridge

Is Post-Truth Fake News?

Chair: Dr Filiz Peach

When: Wednesday...

Judging Religion: A Dialogue For Our Time

Wednesday 28 November 2018

John Holroyd will give a talk about his forthcoming book 'Judging Religion: A Dialogue For Our Time' which is being published Spring 2019

Ernst Bloch - The Principle of Hope

Wednesday 19 December 2018

Please note that this Wednesday Café meeting is a week early due to a religious festival.

A talk about the German philosopher by Nataniel Barron.

Ernst Bloch was a philosopher of the...

Liberty and Virtue in Machiavelli

Wednesday 30 January 2019

A talk by Anja Steinbauer  and Marcel Steinbauer-Lewis

Machiavelli was widely denounced for the negative aspects of the politics of 'The Prince'.  What are the positives?

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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