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The University of Oregon Philosophical Society

The University of Oregon Philosophical Society (formerly known as UnterGang and as the Undergraduate Philosophy Club) has changed its name to better reflect the openness we plan to institute towards students from other departments at the University of Oregon, as well as the graduate students here in the philosophy department.

The UO Philosophical Society aims to offer students ample opportunity to share questions, concerns, and ideas. Besides organizing meetings, the UO Philosophical Society also alerts students to philosophical events on campus and throughout the Pacific Northwest, and arranges luncheons and meetings with visiting scholars whenever possible. The UO Philosophical Society is a hub of social and scholarly activity and a supportive network of students interested in philosophy; it’s a great venue for continuing a conversation about all matters philosophical outside of the classroom, for getting to better know your peers in the program, the perfect place to pitch new (or old) ideas and explore alternative ways of thinking, and a unique chance to gather together and discuss philosophical ideas in a fun, relaxed, safe, and inclusive atmosphere.

It is our goal to provide an environment where students of all majors, levels of expertise, and backgrounds can come together to participate in philosophical discourse. We know that undergraduates often have rigorous school schedules in addition to other activities, and it is not our intention to add additional homework. For that reason, we will no longer assign readings. Rather, we will have presentations led by fellow undergraduates or by graduate students on a philosophical topic of their own personal interest. This could take the form of a conference-style presentation, an informal guided discussion, or a film screening accompanied by discussion, as chosen by that week’s presenter. We encourage those of you interested in presenting or leading a discussion to contact us so that we can book you for a presentation date, and look forward to seeing the research and philosophical interests of our philosophical community!

For additional information, please contact our Director of Undergraduate Studies:

Beata Stawarska at stawarsk@uoregon.edu


Everyone is welcome to attend the Club’s meetings at any point during the term. Come cogitate and laugh and learn with us!

2016 Meetings of the
University of Oregon Philosophical Society
Every Wednesday at 6pm in Anstett 195

This Wednesday (4/27) at 6pm in Anstett 195, UO Ph.D. student Bonnie Sheehey will be presenting her paper “Nomadic Methodologies: William James and the Ambulatory Pragmatism of Bruno Latour” to the UO Philosophical Society. While this club has traditionally been for undergraduates, we strongly encourage graduate students to attend as well. Here is a copy of Bonnie’s paper for anyone who would like to read it ahead of time.

In addition, the 2016 UO Undergraduate Philosophy Conference will be taking place in the Lokey Education Building Room 176 this Saturday (4/30). Seven of our UO Undergrads will be giving talks, in addition to two graduate students: Amie Zimmer and Anna Cook. Here is the conference program, which includes speakers, location, and times. Attendance and participation are key to these events, so I hope that many of you choose to support your fellow students in presenting their hard work.

Thanks, I hope to see you at our upcoming events.

Riley Moore
Co-director, UO Philosophical Society


We welcome anyone who is interested in philosophical topics, regardless of major. Please invite anyone you think might be interested, and thanks for your support!

Riley Moore rmoore2@uoregon.edu
Sarah Wilkins swilkins@uoregon.edu
Adam Hendey ahendey@uoregon.edu



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