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 2015-16

  • Sean Conte, President
  • Weston Ellis, Vice-President
  • Tyler Jimenez, Treasurer
  • Michael Walker, Public Relations

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.

For more information, contact:

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

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Academic Year 2015-16 Schedule

Fall 2015

Monday, September 7: 7-8:30 pm Senate Chambers. "Do We Have a Right to Privacy?" Mr. Sean Conte, FLC Philosophy Major

Monday, September 21: 7-8:30 pm Senate Chambers. "The Fairness of Transgender People in Sports," Dr. Sarah Roberts-Cady, Professor of Philosophy at FLC.

Thursday, October 8: 3:30-5:00 Vallecito Room. "Just Care: Love and the Law," Dr. Elizabeth Brake, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Arizona State. Reception afterwards. 

Monday, October 19: 7-8:30 Jones 140. "The Value of Diversity," Mr. Weston Ellis, FLC Philosophy Major.

Monday, November 2: 7-8:30 Senate Chambers. "Should Blackmail be Legal?" Dr. Justin McBrayer, Associate Professor of Philosophy at FLC.

Monday, November 16: 7-8:30 Senate Chambers. "3D Printing, Space Exploration, and Artificial Intelligence: A Discussion of Futurology," Mr. Sean Conte, FLC Philosophy Major.

Spring 2016

Monday, January 18: 7-8:30 Jones Hall 140. "The Viability of Democracy," a discussion led by Philosophy Majors.

Monday, February 1: 7-8:30 Senate Chambers. "The Ethics of Opiates: Is the Treatment Worse than the Pain?" Dr. Kip Boyd, Medical Administrator, Mercy Hospital, Durango.

Monday, February 15: 7-8:30 Senate Chambers. "Environmental Ethics from the Political Science Perspective," Dr. Brad Clark, Associate Professor of Political Science at FLC.

Monday, February 29: 7-8:30 Senate Chambers. "Our Obligations to the Environment," Dr. Sarah Roberts-Cady, Professor of Philosophy at FLC.

Monday, March 28: 7-8:30 Senate Chambers. "On the Philosophy of Law," Dr. Michael Dichio, Assistant Professor of Political Science at FLC.

Monday, April 4: 7-8:30 Senate Chambers. "A Defense of Corporate Personhood," Dr. Justin McBrayer, Associate Professor of Philosophy at FLC.

Wednesday, April 20: 3-4:30. "Formulating Moral Objectivity," Dr. Elizabeth Tropman, Colorado State University."