Outside the Classroom

The Philosophy Program is pleased to support a variety of opportunities for students to participate in the subject, including:

  • The Philosophy Program awards the annual Plato Prize for the best student essay in philosophy during the academic year. Here are some of our recent winners: 
    • 2018. Jeremy Anastasi’s “Stoicism: Helping Veterans Cope” argued that the ancient Stoic philosophical way of life powerfully addresses key issues faced by vets in our own day. 
    • 2017. Jeffrey R. Virge II's “The God Fallacy” argued that theism is defeated by logical and factual challenges.
    • 2016. Steven Jurkiewicz' "Cosmology, An Ever-Present, Expanding Universe" argued against a universe from nothing. 
    • 2015. Brooke Naylor's "Olivia Grace," defended a sensible position on the ethics of assisted reproductive technologies. 
    • 2014. Josh Karosis' "Kierkegaard and Nietzsche on the Individual and the Ethical" defended a conception of authenticity in constructive tension with both Kierkegaardian and Nietzschean ideals.
    • 2013. Josh Karosis' "The Nature of the Self" drew on the work of Hume and Nagarjuna to craft an existential affirmation of the doctrine of no-self.
    • 2012. Tracy Dextraze's "Does the Top Stop Spinning?" was a gripping analysis of philosophical issues arising in the film, Inception,and in the work of Descartes.
    • 2011. Chris Richardson's "What is Justice?"
    • 2010. Marie Amaral's "Whistleblowing" defended a subtle position in the ethics of whistleblowing.
    • 2009. Jake Richards' "Empirical Counterarguments to Descartes' Epistemology" sought to undermine Descartes' theory of knowledge at its foundation.
  • The Philosophy Club is a student-run group that meets weekly during N-Period to ponder the profound, design cool T-shirts, and more.
  • The Program is regularly involved in sponsoring a growing collection of Philosophy Talks. Here is a recent selection:
    • 2017, Spring. Philosopher Robert Johnson presented "It's Good That We Die." 
    • 2015, Spring. Ecophilosopher David Abram presented “Between the Body & the Breathing Earth: On Language & the Ecology of Sensory Experience.”
    • 2013, Fall. Zach Weber, of the University of Otago, New Zealand, gave an engaging and popular talk, titled, "What is Philosophy of Logic?"
    • 2012, Fall. Considering Death was a five-lecture series on death, from a variety of perspectives.
    • 2010, Fall. Jerry Gill presented a unique proposal for understanding spiritual reality in a talk called, "Tracking Transcendence."
    • 2010, Fall. Bioethicist Bonnie Steinbock presented her ethical analysis of "Designer Babies."