Philosophy is best studied in community. The exchange of ideas with others forces one to formulate thoughts crisply and cogently and to be open to challenge. While not forcing conformity, a community of philosophers engenders mutual respect and sharpening of the intellect as iron rubbing on iron. We in the philosophy department (both professors and students) spend a lot of time together both in the classroom and outside of it. We believe that education is better conducted among friends than among those who don't know each other. So our academic pursuits are heavily sprinkled throughout the year with informal gatherings at professors' homes where we eat together, play games, watch movies and, of course, engage in conversation. These times make for a very rewarding and enriching atmosphere in which we pursue wisdom.