Socratic Discussion Group, W201

Socratic Method


1:10 PM – 2:50 PM

7/11, 7/18, 7/25, 8/1

One or two topics of both a practical and/or philosophical nature are discussed in each session. The instructor provides initial short general background on each topic and then opens a discussion period. The dialogue is expected to include both learned arguments and facts along with any pertinent information or anecdotes pertinent to the subjects. The rules of civil discussion are applied for all topics, whether controversial or not.


Week 1:

What makes some dreams and passions fade away while, for others, they never die, no matter the difficulties? How do we make that choice? Is it a choice we make, or is it all determined by outside influences and forces? What are the benefits, advantages and disadvantages for immigrants and the citizens of their host country?

Week 2, 3, 4:

Topics to be chosen by class from a list of facilitator’s proposed topics, allowing for input by class members.


Facilitator: Marvin Felsen

Marvin Felsen earned a BS from CCNY and MS from Adelphi in chemistry, as well as a JD from Quinnipiac University School of Law. He has taught college chemistry, holds two patents and a Professional Engineer license. As an aerospace engineer he worked at Grumman, Lockheed and Sikorsky. He practiced law in Connecticut for 10 years. Marvin was an active member of a Socrates Café discussion group in Florida.