So what sorts of things would be discussed and what’s the purpose? There is no intended outcome other than an intellectually rigorous conversation around a large, interesting topic, with no right answer.
There are five main branches of philosophy: the study of existence (metaphysics), the study of knowledge (epistemology), the study of action (ethics), study of force (politics), study of art (esthetics). As a simple starting point, a rotation with one session dedicated to each of these five areas in order would be a great start.
Some other specific ideas for topics for the first year might include:
- How one finds meaningful work.
- The two-party system in the United States.
- What will be obvious 10 years from now that we can’t see today?
- Affirmative action.
- Upward social comparisons.
- Family relationships.
- The purpose of higher education.
- Funding space exploration.
- Income inequality.
- Executive actions by a US President.
- The meaning of life.
- Finding the Truth.
- Defining Beauty.
- Donald Trump.
This list is far from exhaustive but gives a sense of the wide variety of issues to cover.