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Why do we trademark Socrates Café and Philosophers’ Club?
If you're starting a Socrates Café or Philosophers' Club, or another dialogue group that goes by a different name, but that largely shares our goals, please tell us about it. For those starting an ongoing group, please remember that participants propose and choose the questions, and please strive to have many different facilitators.


Please note that Socrates Café and Philosophers' Club are our registered trademarks, and we do of course reserve the right to deny use of our trademarked names. The trademarks help ensure that the names are used by volunteers for live face-to-face gatherings undertaken with the specific nonprofit, community-creating purposes for which they are intended. They also help ensure that these groups specifically use the version/method/ethos of inquiry that we've spelled out on our website -- the aim with this inquiry is to create a more vibrant and participatory democracy and empathetic society.


We particularly ask that facilitators and coordinators steer clear of using this venue to promote for-profit endeavors or for any other sorts of endeavors or agendas other than those clearly spelled out by our nonprofit. Please never affiliate with us if your aim is for-profit , or if you do not share our nonprofit's goals, and/or you aspire to promote coaching or counseling or guidance services, which is anathema to our mission. And we ask that you model for other participants a keen respectfulness for and sensitivity towards the views and feelings of others.


Can I use the name "Socrates Café" even though it is trademarked?

Socrates Café is trademarked to assure that people who are using the name and concept stay true to the Socratic method and to the specific volunteer and nonprofit, community-creating ethos set forth by the nonprofit Society for Philosophical Inquiry. As long as you do so you, you are welcome to use the name and concept, but please do not forget to notify us about your Socrates Café [or Philosophers' Club] group. If you choose to use the name and concept, we ask you NOT to use it to promote other personal or business-related interests or to recruit or attract clients for your or anyone else's business -- e.g., consulting, counseling, coaching, etc. [We of course reserve the right to request anyone to discontinue use of the Socrates Cafe and Philosophers' Club names, or to prohibit its use from the outset, if it is deemed that they are is not being used, or will not be used, for the appropriate purposes.] We are a non-profit organization that wishes to stay true to the values that Socrates himself lived by. He never charged other people and he did not promise to "lead" people to a specific truth; rather, he inspired people to discover and articulate their own unique truths by their own lights. We ask you to do the same: stay true to this ideal and do not promote yourself as a consultant or guide or otherwise. These gatherings are meant to be a safe haven from such self-aggrandizing promotions.


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Please note that Socrates Cafe and Philosophers' Club are our registered trademarks. This helps make sure that the names are used for the volunteer, nonprofit, community-creating purposes for which they are intended. We particularly ask that facilitators and coordinators steer clear of using this venue in any way to promote for-profit endeavors.