As Session One draws to a close and everyone breathes a sigh of relief, the Socratic Society leans back, exhales, stretches out the kinks in its neck, puts its feet up and looks around at the ground it’s covered.
In a few short weeks, our dear society has gone from being a name and an occasional publication to being a fully-fledged group, a Roundhouse staple to such an extent that the bar staff know us by name, so real that we’ve even had a stall outside the library. We have a website, an active, much-visited blog, an ever-expanding mailing list, a discussion group that is known across Sydney, and we’ve even been responsible for getting Professor Stephen Cohen to dress up like a camp gangster.
Have you seen this man?
We’ve done a lot and I think everyone involved should feel very happy and proud of the success we’ve achieved. Above all things, it’s been a lot of fun and I for one am looking forward to Session Two and all the crazy activities we’ll doubtlessly get up to.
I think this society is very important and I’m really pleased by the campus-wide response it’s received. University can be an isolated and intimidating place. Being able to mingle with and chat to people who you see in lectures but wouldn’t otherwise speak to, to other people who’ve been there before and know what’s coming for you, and to your lecturers and tutors in an informal context is such a positive experience. University life is so much richer, so much more rewarding when it has a cohesive social aspect to it. We need to take what we’ve done already and build on it, reach more people, have even more fun.
Philosophy itself is such a social subject. It naturally lends itself to discussion, conversation and argument. And it’s accessible to everyone – everyone has some philosophical interest, no matter how varied or esoteric. For these reasons, maintaining and expanding this newly-constructed social side to philosophy is very important. To those of you who haven’t been to any of our events yet, please come next session. We’d love to see you. To those who have been attending, I can’t wait to see you all back again.