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Philosopher’s club gets students thinking

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Philosophers club takes place Mondays after school in Ms. Pfeiffer’s room, A119. The club is for people who want to and enjoy discussing topics in a professional manner.

 

“The students gather together, they sit in a circle and together they come up with a topic of the week and they have a Socratic discussion on that topic and then whatever tangents they go off from that they explore those ideas too,” teacher Amanda Pfeiffer said. “They make sure everyone gets to be heard and everyone’s ideas are shared. They also have a set of informal rules about discussion and discourse that they follow.”

 

Jason Brien formed the club in a unique way so that everyone is in charge instead of just him.

The club is open to everyone’s ideas and opinions while maintaining professional attitudes towards each other.

 

“Basically everyone is a CO-President and I decided to do that [because] I thought everyone having [an] equal voice was important,” student Jason Brien said. “I don’t like having a club where if you form a club that makes you president. If someone has better ideas then you, who are you to be the president.”

 

The club is very professional on how they handle and discuss things. They also make sure that they are respectful of each other’s opinions.

 

“The thing that really makes me the [proudest] of the club is that were able to talk about sort of difficult topics for most people in a way that’s respectful and really quite mature, I would say,” Brien said.

 

Philosophers club is always discussing new topics so that everyone can enjoy their time at the meeting.

 

“I don’t really have a favorite topic of discussion because every time we meet we discuss something different. Sometimes we further discuss things brought up in our English class, such as fate vs. free will, and sometimes we ask questions that try to get to the bottom of stereotypes and racism. That is one of my favorite things about it, if you don’t like the topic one week, the next week might be something completely different,” student Luciana San Esteban said.

 

The club is looking for new people to join if they are interested in the idea of discussing topics in a professional way.

 

“The club is fine the way it is, but I guess if I had to change one thing it would be the number of members we have,” Esteban said. “Right now we only have nine members who go every week and they’re all seniors, so I would love to get underclassmen to join so the club continues after we graduate.”

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