Philosophy Club Discussion Group

Hello, everybody! Hope your quarter is off to a good start.

The Philosophy Club is hoping to start a discussion group to give undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to read and discuss short, influential papers in philosophy.

  • As a group member, you would be able to participate in the process of selecting papers for discussion. We’re looking for readings in the realm of philosophy that would be interesting, accessible to students, and fairly short (roughly anything less than 20 pages; please take into consideration the level of difficulty).
  • As a group member, you would also have the opportunity to lead discussions.
  • Meetings will probably be once or twice a month for about 2-3 hours.
  • The frequency and time/date/location of meetings will be based around group member availability and interest.
  • Group members are expected to complete readings, attend most meetings, and participate in discussions.

Even if you’re not sure if you’d be able to participate, we’d love to hear your suggestions for possible readings. If you’re interested in participating, or if you have any suggestions at all, please comment below.

Thank you!

Theresa Cheng


6 thoughts on “Philosophy Club Discussion Group

  1. When I was in high school a small group of friends and I wrote a “book” consisting of essays, short stories, poems, and the like. The group effort gave each of us added reason to investigate and develop ideas that we (individually) found interesting but that were not being covered in school. I suppose I imagine that this blog and proposed discussion group might serve a similar purpose. I do hope that as philosophy students we each have philosophical interests that extend beyond the classroom. Perhaps in the goal of leading a fruitful group discussion or posting a coherent blog entry on a subject of personal interest we might find enough of an excuse to pursue such avenues of original thinking.

    As for me, I’ve recently taken an interest in process philosophy à la Bergson. This would be a topic I’d like to propose, but before I suggest a particular reading I want to be able to provide some contextual background for its discussion. I’ll work on it.

  2. how do i know who is in the club? i went today and stayed at the cafe till 4, but i had no idea who to talk to so i left. is there a meeting in the near future?

    1. Sorry about that, Marvin. We have meetings every two weeks. Next time wander around and listen in on the conversations had by groups of 4-8 and you'll find us. If you'd like to come to one of our events prior to our next meeting, email your cell number to and ask Mark (our President) to call you just prior to the meeting time to coordinate where you can find us. …See you then!

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