Department of Philosophy

Philosophy Club

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About the Club

The Philosophy Club is composed of students interested in philosophy who come together to learn about and discuss informally philosophical topics of interest. The Club runs hand in hand with the Auburn chapter of Phi Sigma Tau and is open to every student who has broad philosophical interests and a desire to participate and contribute to the philosophical life of the group.

Some of our past topics have included Aesthetics, Wittgenstein, Kant, Continental and Analytical Philosophy, The Emotions, Love and Marriage, Topics in Philosophy of Mind, Basic Action and Political Philosophy. In addition to those meetings, the club often has a Film and Philosophy Series (where we watch films and talk about them), and it meets regularly prior to AUPS meetings (i.e., the philosophy colloquia) to discuss informally the paper presented at the colloquium that day. The club is the host and the organizer of a popular series of philosophical panel discussions at the local cafe, ‘Momma Mocha's’. Finally the club regularly travels to regional and national philosophical conventions.


Membership in the club is twofold:

  • Full members in the Philosophy Honors Society Phi Sigma Tau, who meet requirements for the society and have paid the sign-up fee.
  • Full members who do not wish to be inducted into the society but wish to participate in the club.

Purposes of the Club

The Philosophy Club is dedicated to:

  • Serving as a means of recognizing students who have achieved high scholarship and personal interest in philosophy.
  • Promoting students' interest in research and advanced study in philosophy and its cognate fields.
  • Providing opportunities for the preparation and critical discussion of student and faculty papers of philosophical interest.
  • Encouraging a professional and friendly spirit among those who have displayed interest and ability in philosophy.
  • Providing opportunities for informal philosophical and personal exchange between students and faculty.
  • Creating a forum where both students and faculty feel philosophically inspired

For more information, to join the club, or any of the club activities, you are welcome to contact the philosophy club

Advisors: Dr. Keren Gorodeisky: and Dr. Elay Shech:

Fall 2019

August 23rd at 3:00pm in Ross 136 - Mitch Green (University of Conneticut) "On Silencing and Distorting"

August 30th and 31st, Southern Aesthetics Workshop

September 20th at 3:00pm in Ross 136, Alyssa Ney (UC Davis)  "The Fundamentality of Physics: Completeness or Maximality?"

October 25th at 3:00pm in Ross 136, John Dyck (Auburn)  "Choosing Beauty" - When you smell a stinky sock, it's hard to imagine evaluating the smell differently. Nevertheless, I'll argue that we have aesthetic agency in a strong sense: We can directly determine how we aesthetically evaluate things. This might seem absurd. For one thing, it seems as though the objectivity of aesthetic reasons makes them responsive to truth and worth, and thus out of our agential reach. For another thing, it seems as though our aesthetically authentic selves are precisely those elements which are automatic and unchosen. I'll argue that we have aesthetic agency even though our evaluations are sensitive to truth and worth. And I'll show that this agency is authentic to our selves.

November 15th at 3:00pm in Ross 136, Heather Phillips (Auburn)



Philosophy club's previous events:

Spring 2019

Fall 2018

Spring 2018

Fall 2017

Spring 2017

Fall 2016

Spring 2016

Fall 2015

Spring 2015

Fall 2014

Spring 2014

Fall 2013

Fall 2011

Fall 2010

Spring 2010

Last Updated: October 16, 2019