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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!

We are committed to maintaining an open and inclusive environment, and membership is open to all UO students. Come, meet up with friends and/or make some new ones, and share and develop your interest in philosophy with them.

UO Philosophical Society
during Spring 2020
meets Wednesdays, 6-7 p.m. on Zoom


Please come and join in, or just relax and listen. The UO Philosophical Society aims to provide an open, inclusive, and friendly environment for all UO students interested in philosophy. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend, with no special invitation needed. Please come and join in and consider bringing a friend!

Contacts for 2019-2020 are:
Isabelle Amezcua –
Simon Narode –

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

Steven Brence at

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