First Philosophers’ Club Meeting This Friday

For scholars interested in philosophy, the Haas Hall Bentonville campus’ Philosopher’s Club’s first meeting will be this Friday during lunch in Mrs. Kate’s room (Room 113). The club meets every Friday during lunch to discuss classical readings, philosophical approaches, the study of rhetoric, and critical examinations of rhetoric that may or may not be evident in today’s society. The club will only have so much space available, so it will mostly be limited to upperclassman, with the exception of a few sophomores able to keep up with the readings.

Our first official meeting will be on Friday, August 17th, during lunch in Mrs. Kate’s room (Room 113). Prospective members will decide on an election process, if necessary, and they will decide on a text to begin reading. Everyone can nominate one book of his or her choosing, so scholars should come with a few titles in mind.

In order for the club to be able to move through the works of these authors, members will have to read at least 15 pages a day, equaling to 100 pages a week. Members do not have to begin a discussion, but they are expected to show up and contribute.

Members can choose from:

The Plague by Albert Camus
The Stranger by Albert Camus
War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Critique of Pure Reason by Immanuel Kant
Republic by Plato
Symposium by Plato
Five Dialogues by Plato
A Brief History of Western Philosophy by Bertrand Russell
The Problems of Philosophy by Bertrand Russell
Nicomachean Ethics by Aristotle
Beyond Good and Evil by Friedrich Nietzsche
Thus Spake Zarathustra by Friedrich Nietzsche
The Gay Science by Friedrich Nietzsche
Discourse on Method and Meditations on First Philosophy by Rene Descartes
The Art of War by Sun Tzu
Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
Anthem by Ayn Rand
The Analects of Confucius by Confucius
Democracy in America by Henry Tocqueville

Other authors to consider: Locke, Heidegger, Hume, Russell, Voltaire, Kierkegaard, Foulcault, Hobbes, Mill, Bacon, and Derrida.

Should you have any questions, please e-mail Mrs. Kate. Her e-mail address is: katherinecochran@haashall.org.

Let’s make this a promising start to the Philosophy Club!

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