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Lyceum Club of SIUE

The Lyceum Club of SIUE is dedicated to furthering the process of critical thinking across all areas of Academia using the medium of Philosophy. Meetings take place every Thursday in the Morris University Center and are based on two basic forms, the Socratic Roundtable Discussion and the Reading Group. Both of these are designed to facilitate a friendly environment in which to discuss the most prevalent topics in modern and classical philosophy. 

The Lyceum is an officially sanctioned club at SIUE and takes part in organizing the Annual Undergraduate Philosophy Conference as of its inception in April 2014. It was first conceived of by Stephen Wilke and Andrew Pashea as a club to simply discuss philosophy with no GPA or Major requirements in order to open up the discussion of philosophy to all members of the academic community.

The name "Lyceum" originates in Ancient Greece. Named after Apollo Lyceus (or "Apollo in the Form of a Wolf") the Lyceum was originally a 'gymnasium' that consisted of an open area in a grove of trees where people could meet and engage in both athletic and intellectual activities. A long list of famous ancient philosophers gave speeches and debated in the grove, including Socrates, Protagoras, and Plato. After the fall of Athens to Macedon Aristotle began to teach in the area on a regular basis and soon founded an official school which he dubbed "The Lyceum". It is in this place that Aristotle was able to distribute many of his writings, some of which we are still able to read today.

The Lyceum maintains the following webpage: http://thelyceumofsiue.weebly.com/

You can also participate via Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/siuelyceum/

Lyceum Meeting

Lyceum Meeting

Lyceum Meeting

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