Department of Philosophy

Fort Lewis College Philosophy Club

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 2017-18

  • Tyler Porter, Co-President
  • Adam Hamilton, Co-President
  • Owen Spalding, Treasurer
  • Gus Elbert, Secretary

A Selected Sample of Past Presentations

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

View a detailed list of previous presentations.

Guide for Undergraduate Philosophy Clubs and Groups

For more information, contact:

Dr. Dugald Owen, Associate Professor of Philosophy
215 Noble Hall

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Academic Year 2017-18 Schedule

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2017-18 Philosophy Club Schedule

Fall 2017

Monday, Sept. 25: 7:00 PM, Student Union Senate Chambers. Adam Hamilton will discuss CRISPR and the Ethics of Designer Babies. Everyone is welcome to come discuss the ethics of genetic engineering.

Monday, Oct. 9: TBA

Monday, Oct. 23: 4:30 pm, Student Union Vallecito Room. Dr. Jon Mandle, Professor of Philosophy at the University at Albany-SUNY is our keynote speaker this year. He will bring us the topic of contemporary political thought. There will be a 6:30 reception to follow, with transportation arranged to Dr. Sarah Roberts-Cady's home.

‚ÄčMonday, Nov. 6: 7:00 PM, Student Union Senate Chambers. Our famous Ethics Bowl Debate takes on more modern ethical dilemmas, and discusses probable solutions to them. Everyone is welcome to join our collegiate ethicists in the debate.

Monday, Dec. 4: 7:00 PM, Student Union Senate Chambers. Dr. Michael Dichio brings us the subject of the Electoral College—whether it serves its purpose, or is unnecessary. Everyone is welcome to come hear and share their opinions.