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
January 19: Jennifer Lockhart (Auburn) in Ross 136 at 3:00.
"Might there be an antinomy of practical reason?" - In which it is argued that, absent the postulate of God, Kantian morality amounts to a form of self-sabotage.
February 9: James Shelley (Auburn) in Ross 136 at 3:00.
"Beauty, Subjectivity, Disinterest" - Some people claim that judgments of beauty are subjective, by which they mean that beauty depends on the feelings of the person judging it and is not a property residing in the object. Some people claim that judgments of beauty are disinterested, by which they mean that such judgments do not give us reasons for action. I argue against each claim on the grounds that it is inconsistent with the fact that we can acquire reasons to experience beautiful objects we have not already experienced.
February 16: Alisa Bokulich (Boston University) in Ross 136 at 3:00.
Auburn Aesthetics Forum micro-conference:
- March 1: C. Thi Nguyen (Utah Valley) and Matthew Strohl (Montana) in Mell 2250 at 4:00. "Cultural Appropriation and the Intimacy of Groups" - We chart a middle path between overly restrictive and overly permissive normative views concerning cultural appropriation. The most restrictive normative position holds that, except under special conditions, we ought to defer to appropriation claims. We argue that this position threatens to undermine the capacity of groups to self-determine the dissemination of their own practices. We suggest that the normative importance of appropriation claims is best understood as deriving from group intimacy. We offer an account of group intimacy that expands on Julie Inness’s work on interpersonal intimacy. We propose that certain cultural practices are intimate practices for a group, and cultural appropriation can breach group intimacy. However, the intimacy account militates against blanket presumptions for or against cultural appropriation and supports instead attending to the wishes of each particular group. We conclude by raising a difficulty: many intimate groups are sub-agential and do not have clear procedure expressing their wishes.
- March 2: Matthew Strohl (Montana) in Ross 136 at 3:00. "Games and the Art of Agency" - Some games constitute a distinctive art form, whose medium is agency. Those games offer us the opportunity to temporarily manipulate basic features of our practical agency, taking on temporary ends and temporary abilities. This allows for a distinctive aesthetic form, in which designers create agencies and environments for the sake of aesthetic experiences of the player’s practical reasoning and practical action. The fact that we can play such games illuminates a distinctive human capacity. We can take on ends temporarily, for the sake of the experience of pursuing them. But though such temporary ends are adopted instrumentally, we cannot treat them as such during game-play. In order to sustain the absorbed and committed experiences characteristic of game-play, we must entertain these temporary in-game ends as final. Playing games requires that we adopt temporary sub-agencies. Thus, game-playing demonstrates a significant fluidity of human agency.
March 23: Jeremy Fix (Auburn) in Ross 136 at 3:00.
April 20: Elay Shech (Auburn) in Ross 136 at 3:00.
Philosophy club's previous events:
Last Updated: February 01, 2018