Crime on the agenda at Ellon Philosophy Café

A PHILOSOPHICAL discussion on the role of crime in society is to take place in Ellon this week.

Aberdeenshire Libraries, working in partnership with the University of Aberdeen, is running another series of the popular Philosophy Cafés.

Philosophy Cafés are open to all members of the community and give an opportunity to discuss the topic of the day with others alongside a university lecturer. The next event will be held at Ellon Library on Thursday 21 February, and will feature a discussion on whether crime is necessary for a healthy society and what effect the media has on it.

Dr John Mackenzie, from the department of Sociology at the University of Aberdeen, will lead the discussion which aims to explore the wider point of crime and its role in society.

Over the past few years, the Aberdeenshire events have proved to be popular and there are further events scheduled throughout the year.

Organiser Rhona Robertson said: “The popularity of these events continues to grow and grow, and we are excited to be able to offer more philosophy cafes in 2013. The debate is always lively, with people of all ages from many different backgrounds coming together to interact with each other. The focus is very much on hearing what people have to say, and while there is an academic leading the debate, the discussion will follow the course set by the participants.

“The feedback we have received in previous years is that people want more opportunities to take part locally. We are going to focus attention on bringing the cafes to major towns more than once a year, and allow more people to get involved.

“We hope to see some new faces at the first discussion of the year, with this issue sure to generate a debate.”