Gotham Philosophical Society
December 10, 2014

How to be an Atheist (and why you should): A conversation with Philip Kitcher

Please join us in conversation with Philip Kitcher as we discuss themes from his new book, Life after Faith.  While atheist writers gleefully cataloguing religion’s intellectual and moral vices have been numerous of late, too few have treated their target with the respect it deserves for successfully providing emotional comfort and social cohesion. Kitcher changes that, acknowledging religion’s virtues even as he constructs a secular humanist alternative to replace it.

Talk with him about this on Monday, February 23, 2015 at 7:00pm at Book Culture, 536 West 112th St., NY, NY  (212) 865-1588

This is event is free.


Life after Faith Image

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November 13, 2014


Let’s talk about it. Let’s talk about what it is and why we want it. Let’s talk about why so many of us don’t seem to have enough of it, if we have any. Let’s talk about why we talk so much about it. Let’s talk with Christine Vitrano, a philosopher at Brooklyn College, who’s written a book about it.  And let’s do all this talking at COFFEED (37-18 Northern Boulevard Long Island City, NY 11101) on Sunday, February 8, at 3pm. We would be happy if you join us.

Vitrano Happiness Bookcover

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October 2, 2014

Unveiling Public Education: Why we have it and What we can do about it

Please join the Gotham Philosophical Society in a conversation with James Kallusky (Ed.D.), Vice President of Strategic Growth for Up2Us, on the past, present, and possible future of public education.  Do you know how public education started in this country and for what purpose? Dr. Kallusky has some answers we believe are worth discussing.  Do you have ideas on what you think public education might be?  Do you have your doubts that public education even should be?  We’d like you to share them with us.

Where: Word Up Community Book Shop, 2113 Amsterdam Avenue (at the corner of 165th Street) New York, NY 10032  Tel (347) 688-4456

When: Wednesday, November 12, 2014, 6-8pm.

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September 3, 2014

Leonard Cohen and Philosophy

Please join us as authors Babette Babich, Christopher Ketcham, and Lisa Warenski read selections from

Songs of an Examined Life: Leonard Cohen and Philosophy , edited by Jason Holt (2014, Open Court Publishing Company).

Cohen and Philosophy Book Imaage

With his uniquely compelling voice and unparalleled depth of artistic vision, the aesthetic quality and intellectual merit of Cohen’s work are above dispute; here, for the first time, a team of philosophers takes an in-depth look at its real significance. Join us for an evening of philosophical reflection on the work of this most enigmatic and mysterious pop-star poet.

Babette Babich, PhD, is Professor of Philosophy at Fordham University and the author of The Hallelujah Effect: Philosophical Reflections on Music, Performance, Practice, and Technology (2013).

Christopher Ketcham, PhD, writes on social justice, philosophy and popular culture, and risk management, where he has contributed to and edited two books.

Lisa Warenski, PhD, is a philosopher who specializes in epistemology and metaphysics. She teaches at City College and The Graduate Center of the City University of New York.

“Cohen famously said that there is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in. This book takes the brilliant light of Cohen’s words and shines it into Plato’s cave with such strength the prisoners are not only free but see the sun.” — Kimberly Baltzer-Jaray, author of Doorway to the World of Essences

Date: Sunday, January 25, 2015

Time: 6:00 pm

Venue: Cornelia Street Café, 29 Cornelia Street, New York, NY 10014 (near Sixth Avenue and West 4th St.) 212. 989.9319.

Admission is $8, which includes the price of one drink. Reservations are recommended.

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