“So Plato and a platypus walk into a bar”…. As odd as this statement may seem, the Socratic  Society, the on-campus philosophy dicussion group, has no problem talking about such things.

The Socratic Society is moderated by Dr. Kyle Johnson, philosophy professor. Its club officers are: Mikhail Taskaya, president; Cory Ruda, vice president; Matt Cicconi, treasurer; and Laura Panzitta, secretary. It is a student run organization that meets bi-weekly to discuss philosophical topics.

Plato, Philosopher, Mathematician, Writer. "Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons"

The club was established as a forum for philosophy ten years ago and Johnson has been involved for over five years. The meetings cover different themes concerning philosophy from the idea of infinity to Quentin Taratino films that focus on revenge and vigilantism.

They also dicuss current events, such as in the election of 2008 in which they examined the ethics of voting.

At some meetings, speakers are welcomed to discuss issues with the group; two of the speakers that came in the past include Dr. Ted Schick and Aeon Scoble.

An upcoming event will be held by the Socratic Society on Nov. 16, when Johnson will be presenting a book he wrote on the psychology of the film “Inception.” The club will hold a meeting starting at 5:30 p.m. in Burke auditorium where they will watch the film and then discuss it, to tie in with Johnson’s book.

The club is open to students of all majors and the meetings have a very easy-going feel (as well as free pizza).

The Socratic Society meets in Hafey-Marrian room 510 in the afternoon around 4 p.m. They are open to any student who wants to come and discuss philosophy. All that is required is an open mind and a willingness to explore new topics.