Take philosophy out of the classroom

The Philosophy Club is a student organization promoting philosophical discussion outside of class. Students meet twice each month to discuss a wide variety of philosophical issues. Meetings are open to anyone with an interest in philosophy.

Club Officers for 2021-22

  • Jacob Lichty - President
  • Dawson Gipp - Vice President
  • Ben Brewer - Secretary
  • Carlo Fourzan - Treasurer


All meetings are on Mondays from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Senate Chambers.

  • 9/13: Sarah Roberts-Cady - Animals and Justice 
  • 9/27: Allen Thompson, Oregon State University - “A World They Don’t Deserve: Moral Failure and Deep Adaptation” (3:30 p.m. Vallecito Room).
  • 10/11: Dugald Owen and Justin McBrayer - “Is a fully epistemically rational life possible?  Should we reject pragmatic justification?”  
  • 10/25: Ethics Bowl practice 
  • 11/8: Matt Welz - Philosophy of Math
  • 12/2, 2:30-4:00, Noble Hall 115: Dr. Caleb Cohoe - “Cosmic Gratitude and Constitutional Gratitude”
  • 12/6: Joshua Thurow - "Against Brute Cosmology.”

A Selected Sample of Past Presentations

  • "Left-Libertarianism as a Promising Form of Liberal Egalitarianism",  Dr. Peter Vallentyne, University of Missouri (2019)  
  • "Minimizing Marriage", Dr. Elizabeth Brake, Arizona State University (2015)
  • "Do We Have Souls?", Dr. Eric Olson, University of Sheffield, UK (2014)
  • “Skeptical Religion: What it Means and Why it Matters”, Dr. J.L. Schellenberg, Mount Saint Vincent University, Canada (2013)
  • "On Pridelessness", Dr. Jeremy Fischer, University of Calgary (2012)
  • "De-fusing the Darwinian Dilemma", Dr. Christina van Dyke, Calvin College (2012)
  • "Do we have a Moral Obligation to Obey the Law?", Dr. Peter Markie, University of Missouri (2011)
  • "Is Epistemic Self-Reliance an Ideal?", Dr. Linda Zagzebski, University of Oklahoma (2011)
  • "The Intelligent Design Debate", Dr. Martin Curd, Purdue University (2009)

View past presentations

Contact the club

For more information, contact:

Dr. Justin McBrayer, Associate Dean/Division Coordinator, Professor of Philosophy
Email Dr. McBrayer