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 2023-24

  • Avery Wickes, President
  • Amaris Hamilton, Vice President
  • Bailey Blitzer, Treasurer
  • Lila Wortham, Secretary


All meetings are on Mondays from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Senate Chambers. The lineup for upcoming meetings for the 2023-2024 academic year is as follows:

  • Fall 2023
    • September 11th: Dr. Billy Nollet on Nuclear Weapons
    • September 25th: Climate Panel
    • October 9th: Dr. Vasquez on Justice: Can we achieve justice through punishment?
    • October 23rd: Dr. Sarah Roberts-Cady on Barbie, Feminism, and Consumerism
    • November 6th: Dr. Brian Burke on Stop Copying Me: The replication crisis in science.
    • December 4th: Dr. Charles Riggs on Colonialism and the Ethics of Collecting Cultural Property.
  • Spring 2024
    • January 29: Justin McBrayer "Morality is a Sham: The Case for Moral Error theory"
    • February 12: Joanna Casey on the Physics and Engineering of colonization other planets.
    • February 26: Erich and Guest Speaker on Ethics of AI
    • March 11: Mark Boespflug on Psychedelics
    • April 1: A Discussion Centered Around Banned Literature
    • April 15: Chuck Riggs "Colonialism and the Ethics of Collecting Cultural Property"

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