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

Contact Us:

Joshua Blanchard 
Faculty adviser
(248) 370-2163

Philosophy Club

Philosophy Club

Philosophy Club

The Philosophy Club typically meets regularly on Fridays at noon in the Philosophy Department lounge (MSC 757) during the Fall and Winter Semesters, though it is currently determining how it will organize meetings virtually for Fall 2020. 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, Caroline Morris.

Current Philosophy Club Board Members:

President: Caroline Morris 
Vice-President: Quinn Bessette 
Treasurer: Eugene Oakwood
Secretary: Nick Fontana
Faculty adviser: Joshua Blanchard

Schedule of Meeting Topics and Presenters, Fall 2020

TBD (The Philosophy Club is currently determining whether and how it will meet virtually. Details will be posted here when available.)

Past Meetings

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 Burke Lecture. 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