Study Guide

The Breakfast of Being Club

Ages before Andrew, John, Claire and Alison met for the most memorable detention ever, another Breakfast Club began in Ancient Greece. Plato started it, as he did so much else. Aristotle, his student, formed the first chapter at the Platonic Academy. Centuries later, St. Thomas Aquinas joined the gathering, taking it upon himself to bring the metaphysical thought of the two founding fathers into a new unity.

In the 20th century, Martin Heidegger became a member of the Breakfast of Being Club, but he did not look favorably on those who came before. He felt that the club had, since its inception, clouded rather than revealed the meaning of Being. For this reason, other members of the clique continue to debate whether Heidegger should even belong in the clique in the first place.