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Kantian Dinner Party Initiative: Dining Together Without Dogmatism

Immanuel KantThe Kantian Dinner Party Initiative (KDPI) was formed in 2016 in Milwaukee, Wis., with the goal of hosting a series of public dinner parties in accord with guidelines established by the Enlightenment philosopher Immanuel Kant.

Our aim is to provide a forum that enables participants to engage new viewpoints and discuss timely topics in a manner that promotes the virtues of respect and civility necessary for effective and productive discussion and democratic debate.

Here you will be able to find more information on our dinners to be held in October and November of 2016, as well as information for registering as a participant in the dinners.

You can also find more information about Kant and his philosophy — as well as read more about his rules for the dinner party.


KDPI is extremely grateful to be funded in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Humanities Council, with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

The Wisconsin Humanities Council supports and creates programs that use history, culture, and discussion to strengthen community life for everyone in Wisconsin. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this project do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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About the Initiative

The Kantian Dinner Party Initiative (KDPI) hosts the world's first free public dinners in Milwaukee, Wis., following rules set by the 18th-century philosopher Immanuel Kant.

The registration deadline for the Fall 2016 dinners has passed.

Please join our mailing list to be notified of future dinners!


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