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To join or not to join

That is Philosophy Club's question

By Ellen McCauley
On October 16, 2013


After approximately 10 years Kirkwood Community College's Philosophy Club is still gathering interest in debate and critical thought.

The Philosophy Club meets every other Thursday during the activity hour. During the meetings, members discuss various topics suggested by the students.

Club advisors Chris McCord and Mark McCreary, both professors of philosophy, welcome students interested in sharing their opinions on various topics.

"Students inform and drive the club," McCord said. "We discuss a variety of topics because they come from the students."

James Rudolph, writing emphasis, said he joined Philosophy Club after taking McCord's Introduction to Philosophy class.

"Philosophy Club isn't always run by one particular person," Rudolph said. "Anyone can suggest a topic and the topics can get very diverse."

Club officers gather suggestions for discussion from students and a new topic is discussed at each meeting.

Previous topics include whether or not secret surveillance is justified and whether certain practices performed by police are justified. During those two meetings special guests visited the college to provide their input.

"Philosophy Club gives members the chance to meet other students who are similarly inclined to hashing out different issues," McCord said. "It gives you a chance to get to know those who attend in a more personal way, in a friendly setting."

All students are welcome to attend club meetings, even if they have not taken a philosophy course.

"We have two types of members, those who are regulars and those who come for specific topics," McCord said.

On special occasions, Philosophy Club also partners with other organizations for specific topics.

Rudolph said he is hopeful for the upcoming year and looks forward to seeing people searching for new perspectives.

"I'm hoping people can recognize the importance of there being another issue and they (the problems) root from not understanding the opposing side," Rudolph said. "Once people recognize that they seek alternate perspectives and that's where philosophy club comes in."

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