The Mission of the Socratic Club at the University of Delaware

The mission of the Socratic Club in the words of Socrates is to “Follow the argument wherever it leads…” and to foster dialogue among different viewpoints within the realm of reason, science, politics, religion, art, literature, comedy, music, free inquiry, and philosophy.

It is hoped that by sponsoring these dialogues the Socratic Club can heed the wisdom of the philosopher John Stuart Mill who said:

“We can never be sure that the opinion we are endeavoring to stifle is a false opinion; and if we were sure, stifling it would be an evil still.”

We seek to promote dialogue among all groups of people and engage in interdisciplinary dialogue across all academic fields, with the purpose of developing and furthering knowledge for all from a diversity of viewpoints.

This is a graduate student group but undergraduates are free to join as associate members as are members of the general public and faculty members.

Feel free to contact us at: for planned social events, speakers, and discussions.

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Marvin Ray Whitaker