On Doing Philosophy in Public (Pt. 1)...
Part of the movement of Cafe Girls, is to make philosophy and philosophical arguments relatable and palatable to the public. Combined together, Cafe Girls has 8.5 years of philosophical training. Granted this, in no way makes us an expert on philosophy (what's an expert, anyways?) But, we have a good command on most philosophical concepts in both the analytic and continental tradition. Though Cafe Girls is a multi-faceted approach, our end is clear: freedom of expression and the search for truth.
Our goal is to promote and facilitate a forum, for the public, that ignites a playful but rigorous analysis of philosophy, feminism, science, existentialism and contemporary culture. Academic blogging has experienced a huge growth amongst professional intellectuals. However, they serve as a tool to extend conversations that began in journal pages or conference halls. Cafe Girls' blog serves as a continued conversation between classmates and peers, both philosophical and non-philosophical. Furthermore, our critical analysis of contemporary culture offers a unique perspective that can be understood by a diverse audience. The dialectic between high brow and low brow, can be demonstrated both through Cafe Girls writings, but also our other methods of dissemination (i.e. painting, music, poetry, film, etc.) After all, not everything can be said through words alone.
The purpose of public philosophy dates back to the ancient times of Socrates, however since then, through the rigorization, imperialization and isolation of philosophy, it has become esoteric to the general public and potential majors. This is unfortunate because it arouses a spectacle of greed and arrogance amongst SOME academics. By making philosophy more accessible to the public, we not only open the forum to a diversity of critical minds; but, similar to the public service of Carl Sagan and Rick Roderick, Cafe Girls seeks not to banalize the profession or discipline of Western Philosophy, but to inspire philosophical discourse in a respectable and colloquial fashion.
Though this is an on-going discussion, what do y'all think? Is there a beneficial purpose to doing philosophy in public, and particularly on the internet? Just remember, whenever norms are being challenged there's philosophy to be done.