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THURSDAY

In Merchant-Ivory’s lush Edwardian love story A Room With a View, Julian Sands stood on a flower-speckled Tuscan hillside and waxed philosophical about the Important Things in Life. Girls around the world fell instantly in love. Was it the inimitable allure of a life philosophized that caused such an onslaught of preteen emotion? Or was it merely the allure of Julian Sands? Decide for yourself when Society of Philosophical Inquiry co-founder Christopher Phillips comes to D.C. tonight to host his conversational program “Socrates Cafe: Where Ordinary People Discuss Philosophy.” Bring your Plato, Lacan, and Foucault and reclaim philosophy from academic crustiness, and be sure to come early if you want to get a seat—swoon-prone 13-year-old girls have probably already staked out the front row. At 7 p.m. at Borders, 18th and L Streets NW. Free. (202) 466-4999. (Lisa Locker)