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Philosophy Club

The Philosophy Club typically meets weekly in the Philosophy Department lounge (MSC 757) during the Fall and Winter Semesters, though it is currently on hiatus until restarting this semester. Meetings are open to all members of Oakland University. The club holds discussions of various philosophical topics, sometimes with visiting faculty.

If you are interested in being involved with the Philosophy Club, please join us at any upcoming meetings once they are announced, go to the Philosophy Club Facebook group, or email the club president, Jacob Steinhauser ([email protected]), or faculty advisor, Joshua Blanchard.

Contact Faculty Advisers:
Daniel Propson
Phone: (248) 370-3557
[email protected]
Ben White
Phone: (248) 370-3145
[email protected]

Club Officers
President: Jacob Steinhauser
Vice President: Kameron MacQuarrie-Klender
Treasurer: Ariel Pierce
Secretary: Jacob Rzeszut

Winter 2020
January 17 -- Cultural Relativism
January 24 -- Stoicism
January 31 -- Divine Command Theory
February 7 -- Airship of Theseus ( Paul Graves)
February 14 -- Some Puzzles About Moral Testimony and Moral Expertise ( Joshua Blanchard)
March 6 -- Lunch with Nancy Tuana, 12-1:30pm, Ambassador B room in the Oakland Center. This is in connection to the  Richard Burke Lecture Series. Please RSVP to  Ann Zimmerman if you plan to attend.
March 13 -- Feminist Ethics

Fall Semester 2019
September 20 -- Opening Meeting
September 27 -- Plato's Ideal City from The Republic
October 4 -- Making Bad Inferences: Concerns for training data in machine learning (Jonathon M Abdal, Durham University)
October 11 -- Linguistics and Propaganda ( Daniel Propson)
October 18 -- Utilitarianism
October 25 -- Unwelcome Agreement ( Joshua Blanchard)
November 1 -- Philosophy of Zombies
November 8 -- Egoism and Altruism
November 15 -- Kantian Metaphysics and Ethics
November 22 -- Fossils with Feathers and Philosophy of Science (Joyce Havstad)
December 6 -- Determinism and Free Will

Ethics Bowl provides a competitive forum for students to discuss moral imperatives and ethical responsibility in areas such as law, military, medicine, politics, education, and more. Students make timed presentations in response to a new question each round. Ethics Bowl provides the opportunity of working as a team, increases critical thinking, argumentation, and presentation skills, and provides a strong extra-curricular achievement for graduate and law school applications. The team, built in the fall semester, competes at the regional level with the opportunity of advancing to the national competition. For information on participating, contact Lisa Campbell

Department of Philosophy

Mathematics and Science Center, Room 752
146 Library Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4479
(location map)
(248) 370-3390
fax: (248) 370-3157