Plutarch's Table

March Salon: Love and Monogamy

March 7, 2014
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I’m very pleased to announce our next salon, on the topic of Love and Monogamy. We’ve been talking about doing this one for a while now, and we’ll have the great pleasure of welcoming a guest speaker, Professor Ronald de Sousa of the University of Toronto, who has just written a book on Love (forthcoming). We also have a fabulous venue, and the evening promises to be interesting, enlightening, and likely controversial (one can only hope). All the details are below on the invite – make sure to reserve soon as there are only twenty spots at this one.



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Valentine’s Day salon at Fat Cat Wine Bar February 14th

January 30, 2011
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What is Plutarch’s Table?

September 20, 2010
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The first century Greek philosopher Plutarchus believed that philosophy should be done at dinner parties, in convivial settings, and preferably with drinks.  Plutarch’s Table aims to take philosophy out of the academy and bring it back to the dinner table, in the belief that we should all be learning to think and live more philosophically, and that deepening our commitments to thoughtful living is not properly a lonely pursuit but one best done in joy and friendship.  We are located in Toronto, Canada.

See Philosophy Salons and Literary Salons for information on how you can host a Plutarch’s Table event.

About author

My name is Joanna Polley. I am a writer and a philosopher experimenting with ways of practicing and teaching philosophy outside of the university environment. I completed my PhD at the University of Toronto and have taught for several years in the departments of philosophy and literary studies, and am currently exploring ways to bring philosophy out of the ivory tower and into the wider public sphere. My specific research interests have been in the history of philosophy, philosophy of language and culture and the philosophy of literature, but I am interested in any philosophy that helps illuminate contemporary problems and deepens our experience of being alive. You can also visit me at for information about my philosophical therapy services.