Department of Philosophy - Philosophy Club

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

Spring 2018

Monday, Jan. 15: 7:00 pm - Senate Chambers. "Nature, Nurture, and the Moral Sense." Owen Spalding will talk about the role of both Nature and Nurture, in the development of the moral sense.

Thursday, Jan. 18: 7:00pm - Noble 130. "Facts, Opinions, and Ethics Education in America." Dr. Justin McBrayer will discuss his facts-opinion piece for the New York Times in 2015.

Monday, Jan. 29: 7:00 pm - Senate Chambers. "How Ought We Go About Education?"  Dr. Lee Frazer will be questioning how we should move forward with education.

Monday, Feb. 26 : 7:00 pm - Senate Chambers.  "Vaccines: Is Public Health More Important Than Freedom of Choice?" Dr. David Blake will give the facts about vaccines, then open the floor to discussion about what effect these facts have on public health policy.

Monday, March 19: 7:00 pm - Senate Chambers. "Should the Government Guide Behavior?" Dr. Justin McBrayer and Dr. Dugald Owen will be debating the role that government should have in guiding the behavior of its constituants.

Monday, April 2: 7:00 pm - Senate Chambers. "Israel and Palestine; The Facts and Their Philosophical Implications." Dr. Ruth Alminas will describe the current conflict between Israel and Palestine, and question what we ought to do about it.

Tuesday, April 3: Noble 130, 12:50-2:20. "Russian Doping Scandal." Dr. Justin McBrayer will be a moderator for the event—an insider's crusade for ethics in international sport. Guests are Vitaly Stepanov and Yuliya Stepanova. Watch for more details.

Monday, April 16: 7:00 pm - Senate Chambers. "Is it Ethically Justifiable to Have Children?" Dr. Sarah Roberts-Cady will be discussing what are the moral implications of having children.