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Philosophy Club Vox: Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan, Astana

Philosophy Club Vox: Nazarbayev University, Kazakhstan, Astana

Somewhere almost in the middle of the Eurasian continent, on the wuthering planes of Central Kazakhstan, in Astana, our university arose just 13 years ago as an attempt to provide world-class education, attracting professionals across the world. All the courses are taught in English, making the general community at least trilingual: Kazakh, Russian, and English. In this respect, one of our former Philosophy professors, Christopher Noonan, confessed he is proficient only in English and expressed his admiration for people successfully studying philosophy in a language foreign to them because the complexity of a philosophical text goes far beyond grammar and vocabulary. It is sometimes difficult to grasp or communicate all the span of a philosophical idea while reading or writing about it even when doing so in your mother tongue. Our club avoided the COVID-19 crisis by commencing after in-person classes had been restored in Spring 2023, when Dr. Jim Hutchinson (our mentor, and the very embodiment of a living mind, in my opinion) first proposed to conduct discussions where every student was welcome to …